‘The Lives of Others’ (Das Leben der Anderen) is a 2006 German movie which had won the Best Foreign Language movie Oscar. It is one of the most splendid foreign language movies I have seen and here is my review of ‘The Lives of Others’
1984, East Germany. The Stasi or the East German secret police leaves no stone unturned in ensuring that the public does no harm to the communist system prevailing in the country and employs means such as spying on them to ensure that the citizens are not planning anything against the state or the system. Georg Dreyman is a playwright who till now has not been on the surveillance list of the Stasi as he is known to be a Pro-communist. But now Government Minister Bruno Hempf assigns a Stasi officer Gerd Wiesler the duty of monitoring him and the reason for the same is known to Wiesler as the movie progresses. Dreyman is in love with Christa-Maria Sieland, a famous actress. As Wiesler starts his duty he increasingly starts getting addicted to the lives of Dreyman and his girl-friend. It starts a new journey for Wiesler through the lives of others. His loneliness, his grief, his misery is highlighted throughout the movie and extremely well portrayed by Ulrich Mühe. His entire thought process is influenced by this whole exercise and the gradual change he encounters slowly uncovers as the movie unfolds. I was particularly moved by the final scene of the movie. The other performances also deserve appreciation.
‘The Lives of Others’ is a perfect example to illustrate the fact that to make a good movie every element of it should be good. An amazing story well complemented by an equally amazing screenplay shown to us through some wonderful cinematography by a bunch of splendid actors. Not to forget the subtle yet powerful background score.
A must watch.