At first, I felt a little bit surprise that "The Lives of Others" won the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the 79th Annual Academy Awards announced last Sunday. However, after watching the film, it’s clear to me why the members of the Academy cast their votes for this movie and gave it an Oscar. In fact, I totally agreed with them. It’s no doubt why the movie won several awards worldwide.
Set in the former East Germany 5 years before the fall of the "Berlin Wall," the film depicted a dark atmosphere of the secret service and its job of observing people. Once being a suspect of trying to destroy the system, everyone could be monitored. There is no privacy for anyone including the lives of Georg Dreyman, a successful play-writer and his companion Christa-Maria Sieland, a popular stage actress. The secret service agent Wiesler is given a job to observe and monitor their life. Being a man of integrity and faithful to communism, this straight-forward job fascinated him more and more as he dug deep into the couple’s life. It seems that he himself would like to lead the lives of others…
Curiosity and nosiness are human’s natures. Everyone wants to know how other people lead their lives. That’s why the reality TV shows, which allowed the audience to follow the lives of the contestants at all time, has gained more popularity in the past couple of years."The Lives of Others" perfectly reflected this reality of life in a clever way with communism East Germany as a background. The story is well written and the plot is sharp, especially an unpredictable twist and turn at the ending. It’s interesting to see how far a person could go for a "better" change, if not for himself.
5 Stars out of 5, recommend for hard-core drama lover. you will definitely love the film as I do.