The Lives of Others Reviews
East Berlin, 1984. The Cold War is still raging and the communist bloc does not trust its own citizens. A Secret Police agent is tasked with conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover. Over time, rather than being coldly distant, he finds himself being absorbed by their private lives...
A great examination of life in East Germany during Communist rule, and how empathy can overcome fascism. Perfect ending.
Great performances all round, especially from the three main actors - Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Muhe and Sebastian Koch.
Well deserved its Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2007, and should have been nominated for more than just that.