On the other hand, Alex is disgusted with the drab celebration of East Germany's 40th anniversary and participates in an anti-government demonstration.
There he meets a girl, but they are separated by the Volkspolizei before they can properly introduce themselves.
Alex and Lara soon begin dating and develop a close bond.
Shortly afterward, the Berlin Wall falls, Erich Honecker resigns from office, and capitalism comes to East Berlin.
Alex, Ariane, Lara, Denis, and Robert scatter her ashes in the wind using an old toy rocket Alex made with his father during his childhood.
However, Christiane already knows the truth (Lara tried to convince her about the real political developments earlier the same day).As she regrets the decision, Christiane relapses and is taken back to the hospital.Alex meets his father, Robert, and convinces him to see Christiane one last time, stating he should say he was moved to return East to see his dying wife.When Ariane's university closes, she works 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.Most scenes were shot at the Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin and around Plattenbauten near Alexanderplatz. received numerous honours, including the European Film Award for Best Film and German Film Award for Best Feature Film.The film is set in East Berlin, from October 1989 to just after German reunification a year later.Alex and Ariane quickly take her home and show her a fake report that East Germany is now accepting refugees from the West following a severe economic crisis there.Soon after, the family goes to inspect their dacha in the countryside at Christiane's suggestion.The story follows a family in East Germany; the mother (Saß) is dedicated to the socialist cause and falls into a coma shortly before the 1989 revolution.When she is revived eight months later, her son (Brühl) attempts to protect her from fatal shock by concealing the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of socialism.