Last night I watched a very disturbing, very well made film: Das Leben der Anderen…. The Lives of Others.
The film has a couple scenes that would make it unsuitable for children. It is rated R. Also, it is in German with subtitles (the subtitles were not too badly done).
The acting was great. Ulrich Muhe has got game. It won a passel of awards.
It concerns government surveillance of normal people. In the case of this film, the Stasi in East Germany before the fall of the Iron Curtain. It is appropriately set in 1984.
This movie was unsettling. As you watch, you know that what the characters were going through could happen again and could happen to us. It is happening to us in small ways, now. It could happen to us in spades were the creep we see under this administration to continue.
There are, however, some stirring moments.
Want a very smart, well-acted, thought provoking movie to watch? Give it a try.