Leben der Anderen, Das (2006)

The Lives of Others rightly won the Academy Award for best foreign picture of 2006. 

Set in the stark landscape of East Berlin in the 1980s, a surveillance officer is assigned to listen and record the goings on of a prominent playwright. As time progresses, the officer begins to interfere with his subjects.

What sets this movie apart is the powerful telling of a difficult time and place in history. Freedom of thought was severely thwarted by a corrupt political regime. But the triumph of good and beauty ultimately bring joy.

The acting and writing are flawless. From the tragic events to the glorious closing scene, every bit of this film is wonderful.

Truth: The introduction of beauty can transform the lifeless into the living.

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