The Lives of Others (2006)

Reid, 9. April 2007, 21:03

The Lives of Others (2006)
6/10

This won the Best Foreign Film Academy Award. I thought the film was just OK, but it probably gets a 6 for me because there are some good acting. I really liked the New York Times review by A.O. Scott. The review helped me appreciate the film a lot more, but it still didn’t change my overall view of the film. Maybe I just didn’t get it.

I can see Penny and Grace liking this film at least on some level. Kevin really liked this film, and I’m curious to hear his comments on it.

**
The film takes place in East Germany in the 1980s. A playwright is being monitored by the East German intelligence agency–the Stasi, which basically spies on people. The playwright is a pro-communist artist. In the film we see him wrestle with his own well-being and convictions.

***
While there are some good acting in the film, I felt a little underwhelmed by the way the film explores themes of pressures artists faces with their personal well-being and their convictions. I guess, I partly felt the way the film dealt with these themes wasn’t very fresh. Or maybe I just didn’t get it.

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