Thursday, October 11, 2007
THE LIVES OF OTHERS
This was a truly fantastic film, as most reviewers and recommender's would agree, but it's beyond that. THE LIVE OF OTHERS branches into the realm of gifted storytelling and realistic drama, to say nothing of the superb character development, portrayal and acting. It was quite simply excellent in all respects.
A warning; the movie runs about 2 and a quarter hours, so it's a bit long, but the writing and the directing are so accomplished that it's a pleasure to watch and worth the time. Also, this film is German, so it has to be watched in subtitles, but don't let that stop you. This movie could only be what it is BECAUSE of the spoken German language. It wouldn't have any of it's realism if it was in English, or dubbed.
THE LIVES OF OTHERS goes back to chronicle the lives of persons in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) before the wall fell. It's story concerns itself around the Stasi (State Security/The SS) and the possibility for change in the human soul (of an SS captain), when conscience is upheld no matter the cost, and personal ethics and beliefs of a common person are not cast aside in the face of overwhelming power and control.
A great cinematic achievement, THE LIVES OF OTHERS is such a well fashioned piece of art that it should not be passed up. (By anyone)
A new release, it was put out in 2006 and is now available to rent on DVD.