Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Lives of Others

I viewed this film yesterday and was moved by the excellence of the acting, directing and story. The Lives of Others bares the souls of its' characters and finds both good and evil. Ulrich Muhe in the role of Gerd Wiesler, the Stasi agent who spies on a leading writer and his mistress, is excellent in his growth from a soulless gray apparatchik into a human being who is willing to act on his belief in the goodness of others. Seldom have I seen such dramatic demonstration of the impact of actions upon the lives of individuals. I would recommend the movie as an opportunity to meditate on the source of meaning in our lives and what it means to be a good human being.

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