Christiane eventually gains strength and wanders outside one day while Alex is asleep.She sees all her neighbours' old furniture piled up in the street, advertisements for Western corporations, and a statue of Lenin being flown away by a helicopter. My son would usually use this moment to sneak away to the computer, hoping that I forget about practice. My older son comes barreling down the stairs like there’s a fire. That’s like breaking up with her.” Younger son: “He brokecheated! ” “You always tell people that getting married doesn’t just happen. So I’m making it my job.” Like most women who are pulled together, Melissa spent her twenties saying she didn’t want kids so she was in no rush. And the town is rife with people like this woman who moved to the Bay Area because she is mind blowingly ignorant about the rampant scumminess of the startup world.

It appears that his father abandoned the family and fled to the West in 1978.

In his absence, Christiane has become an ardent supporter of the ruling Socialist Unity Party of Germany (the Party).

Ariane leaves university to work at a Burger King drive-through.

After eight months, Christiane awakens from her coma, but she is severely weakened and her doctor warns that any shock might cause another, possibly fatal, heart attack.

When Christiane sees Alex being arrested, she suffers a near-fatal heart attack and falls into a coma.

While visiting his mother in the hospital, Alex encounters the girl from the demonstration, Lara, a nurse from the Soviet Union who is now caring for his mother.

Under pressure to reveal the truth about the fall of the East, Alex creates a final fake news segment, convincing a taxi driver to act in the false news report as the new leader of East Germany and to give a speech about opening the borders to the West.

However, it is suggested that Christiane already knows the truth (Lara tried to convince her about the real political developments earlier the same day).

The film is set in East Berlin, from October 1989 to just after German reunification a year later.

Alex lives with his sister, Ariane, his mother, Christiane, and Ariane's infant daughter, Paula.

The cast includes Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova, and Maria Simon.