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Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Lives of Others

Just got back from seeing this movie. I have to say, it's one of the best I've seen in years. It just goes to show a thriller can be totally engaging without gratuitous violence, buildings exploding, etc. This is a deeply psychological political story twisting its way through the life of a despicable, yet sympathetic, member of the East German secret police. It's his job to expose those who don't support Socialist ideals, and he chooses to spy on a playwright who seems too honest to be trusted. He becomes much more engaged in the lives of the playwright and his live-in girlfriend than he ever anticipated.

Without spoiling it, I'll say that the film was much more than a portrayal of a world filled with informants spying on their neighbors, which is compellling enough. It explores a journey to self-awareness, and the capacity of one to change.

A very enthusiastic thumbs up!

2 Comments:

  • I'm totally intrigued and will have to check this one out.

    Have you rented Stranger Than Fiction yet? It's on my top 10 list now... didn't think I'd like it at first, but became engrossed.
    Powerful film.

    By Blogger kris, at 7:24 PM  

  • I really liked Stranger Than Fiction. It wasn't my favorite of the Charlie Kaufman movies (that being Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) but I thought it was very good!!

    By Blogger Cora & Mike, at 9:35 AM  

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