A sensible, thematically mature film which I really don't like because in its schematic depiction of human life it can't help but implicitly fall down on the side of the Stasi. Daily-lived life is in the messy, inexplicable details and chance moments which tight, Robert McKee-endorsed scripting can't help but neglect. IMHO 'The Lives of Others' needed to be a scream against complacency, not an articulated statement.
La trama è interessante e sviluppata con intelligenza. Bel parallelismo fra la spia Gerd e lo spettatore nell'osservare lo scrittore. Gerd vive la sua vita da spettatore. Veramente un bel personaggio. Ambientazione ben fatta e che dà un forte senso di insicurezza, essendo dominata dalla diffidenza. Bellissimo finale. Ottima regia che ritma bene il racconto e gli dà una forte impronta emotiva.Attori veramente in forma
Mature and frugal direction tangled between wires of drama, thriller and history that presents a great sense of storytelling. Howsoever (and this is completely subjective), the way characters were portrayed felt crude and cold leaving little space for me to really emerge into their desires, achievements, struggles and, lastly, the grand final sacrífice.
Really great film making in every sense. The subject matter is really interesting anyway and the film has lots to say about the dangers of the totalitarian state as well as providing an excellent character study of the central protagonist. Definitely want to watch it again as I get the sense that there is more to it that one can absorb in one sitting...
Fascinating premise - an oppressive Communist regime where the goal is total knowledge & control tries to monitor every moment of a "dangerous" artists life. It's smart, taught, full of tension and suspense. The directing is beautiful and all of the cast are excellent. And yet....I couldn't get into it. Dunno why. The characters felt too remote somehow. Deserves a better score but - I give it a C.