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Lives of Others, The ( Leben der Anderen, Das ) (2006) Movie Reviews

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"The Lives Of Others" by Yojimbo

A member of the East German secret police who is investigating a famous playwright and suspected subversive grows ever more sympathetic towards the people he is spying upon when faced with the everyday pressures of the oppressive regime he represents. Although touted as a "thriller", anyone expecting car chases and shoot-outs from The Lives Of Others will be gravely disappointed. It's a far more intellectual exercise that examines the meaning of freedom and its intimate link with personal privacy, something violated with impunity by The Stasi in the post war years of communist Germany. The story begins showing Ulrich Mühe's character as not an evil man, but a joyless, officious bureaucrat who truly believes in what he is doing. It is only when he is faced with the reality of the invasive ...

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12/23/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Critics and casual audiences loved it. I didn't. To me, the only interesting thing about this movie is its subject matter: surveillance in East Berlin during the 1980's in order to retain their hegemony over their people. Sure, there were exciting moments that reminded me of movies when Nazis were about to discover Jewish people's hiding places but those moments weren't enough to save the movie. I found some characters to be a little too frigid even though they supposedly changed at the end of the film. The end was hopeful yet sad, which I usually like, but I thought the melancholy tone was ineffective. I just didn't buy it. I guess I had high expectations coming into this film due to four- and five-star reviews. I thought this was, at best, an average foreign film.

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