Daily Archives: January 18, 2008

The Lives of Others (the film)

When I wrote the post entitled The Lives of Others, I was thinking about the film of the same name, but had not yet seen it. But now I have.

Beverly, the president of the film club to which I belong, recommended it to me shortly after it came out. I put it on my Netflix list, but recently moved it up to the top of my queue. I wish I had done so sooner, because it was a wonderful film.

If you have not seen it, it takes place in East Germany a few years before the fall of the Berlin Wall and focuses on a couple under surveillance and the man watching them.  Although the foreshadowing was obvious and I figured out the end before it happened, it was still a wonderful and suspenseful film about a time in the world’s recent past about which I knew very little.

There was nothing about the film I didn’t like, although I wonder how accurate the subtitles were.  There were a couple of scenes that I thought were more meaningful, but the words didn’t convey that.