In a heartless time under a heartless regime, somehow, someone found a heart, and faced with a dilemma made a decision, that would impact the Lives of Others.
It is a rare sign only seen in the best movies, and masterful how this movie builds up, and unwinds, and unwinds even more just as you think its already completely unwound.
A Stasi officer listens in on the life of a poet who may be a dissident, and comes to admire and respect his subject, which ultimately poses an ethical dilemma for someone who in the past has interrogated numerous people on behalf of the brutal regime.
This story is as intricate as the inner working of a watch, make the slightest wrong adjustment and....
So Ulrich Muhe gives an excellent performance as the officer as does Sebastian Koch as Dreyman. Apparently, Muhe was bugged himself when he live in East Germany, and his ex wife sued him for mentioning this in a radio interview.
Lives of Others won Best Foreign Language movie at the Oscars. After watching the movie, I watched some of the earlier scenes over. At around 8 minutes you see the actresses proclamation on stage, and the words she said set up two later scenes. See if you can figure it out.
If you're like me, and you love this movie, you will most probably also like Black Book
, also starring Sebastian Koch as the male lead. Directed by Paul Verho even of Basic Instinct and Total Recall fame. One of the few movies I have bought in addition to watching.
Anyone who enjoys outstanding foeign movies as I do I think will enjoy this, and I hope this was helpful.