Das Leben der Anderen (the lives of others) is an amazing movie. It is a sure cure for Ostalgie–watch Goodbye Lenin for a good example of that. I went to try to see The Lives of Others on saturday (it opened on friday) and it was sold out all night, for good reason: it’s that good. I was able to see it yesterday, and you really should make the effort to see it.
Background: in the DDR (East Germany) the Stasi watches everyone’s every move–especially ‘creative’ people, or those with potentially subversive influence. Their stated official goal: “to know everything”. Even the KGB envied them.
I won’t give away the plot here- but suffice to say that the movie centers around the bugging of playwright Georg Dreymann’s apartment, and the man who is listening from the attic–who isn’t as bad a man as he probably should be, given his line of work.