• The Lives of Others (110/69)

    by  • 3/10/2011 • film • 0 Comments

    THE LIVES OF OTHERS (Netflix) – I’ve been meaning to see this film for a while, and now that I’ve seen it, I know why it beat out PAN’S LABYRINTH for the foreign language Oscar. This is a film about the East German State Security and about how the lines aren’t always clear, even for these apparently mechanical agents of the State. What happens when Big Brother starts to care about Little Brother, and at what cost? I’m reminded, if only in passing, of Gene Hackman’s THE CONVERSATION; though there’s something more human in the character played by Ulrich Mühe. I’m glad that this film left much of the Stazi techniques off-screen, working more with the bureaucratic horrors than the gory. Very pleased with the final scene; solid, believable way to wrap things up.


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