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3/12/2007

Lives of Others

Filed under: — adrian @ 12:12 pm

I’m catching up on a blogging backlog.

Last weekend I saw Das Leben der Anders (aka The Lives of Others).

It’s the story of a well regarded Stasi agent, Gerd Wiesler, in East Berlin (circa 1984) who starts spying on a playwright who they suspect might be a sympathizer. Wiesler learns that the real reason that they are spying on him is that the Minister of Culture, a high ranking official, wants the playwright out of the way so he can make advances on his girlfriend unencumbered. Wiesler becomes more sympathetic with the playwright because of this, even though he’s a strong party supporter.

It’s really an amazing film. The writing and direction (both by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck of the famed Henckel von Donnersmarcks) are both superb. The lead actor playing Wiesler, Ulrich Mühe, has a very Kevin Spacey quality to him, both in looks and some of the restrained, subtle acting he does.

It manages to be a lot of stories in one. It’s at least love story and a political thriller.

One Response to “Lives of Others

  1. libs Says:

    agreed and agreed. This is among my favorite movies. Subtle, thrilling, sweet, good!! The thriller aspect gives it an edge over other complex and intellectual movies that I like, e.g. A Very Long Engagement, Lost in Translation, Amelie, Old Joy. And it is a wonderful love story.

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