The Lives of Others (2006)

Reid, 9. April 2007, 21:03

The Lives of Others (2006)

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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