Wednesday, April 18, 2007
The Lives of Others
Last night, my wife and I went to The Lives of Others, a German film about the secret police in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. We were blown away...it's arguably the best film I've seen in years-- artistic excellence, penetrating insight into human nature, and a thrilling story are only a few compelling reasons to catch this movie before it leaves theaters. No other movie has so powerfully captured the spiritual oppression and despair that naturally emanates from Marxism's flawed conception of human nature. It is rated "R", however, and for a good reason. The more salacious scenes are not gratuitous though, and are carefully filmed so as to reveal poignant insights rather than to prick our nerve endings. One particular lascivious scene, for example, is carefully filmed in a repugnant way in order to expose the spiritual death that occurs when serving such a corrupt regime and setting the stage for that character's spiritual regeneration. I have so much to say about this movie and will write a review as soon as I finish my review on Bella.