Sunday, June 1, 2008

Add This to Your Queue: The Lives of Others

If you’re not against reading a movie, put on your spectacles and check out The Lives of Others.

It’s a German movie that takes place in East Berlin when they were still doing the communist thing, and basically follows the story of a playwright, his actress girlfriend, and the lonely secret policeman who’s in charge of spying on them.

It’s really a pretty simple story, but it manages to dig deep into why people’s messy lives are exactly why totalitarian regimes usually lose their iron grip. Sometimes the most seemingly loyal officials are the very ones screwing things up, and the people who question the logic of those in charge are actually the most valuable citizens a system can have.

The Lives of Others won Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars last year, so don’t take my word for it, take the Academy’s. You know, the same Academy that said Crash was the Best Picture a few years ago...OK, yeah, just take my word for it. Again, if you can handle subtitles, definitely check this out.


Red said...

This is a great movie. And reading is good for you!

Falwless said...

I don't mind subtitles, and actually I've been wanting to see this. Thanks for reminding me!

pistols at dawn said...

This movie was f-ing fantastic. I'm so happy that I saw a movie released in the past five years! Gold star for me!

gifted typist said...

I adored this flick.
We obvious share a taste for this foreign and odd ball flicks