The Lives of Others

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I watched a great DVD at the weekend – The Lives of Others. It’s a German film, and is all about how the East German secretpolice – the Stasi – spied on lots of people during the time that East Germany was still under communist rule. The film follows a team of secret service people spying on a established writer and playwright, and shows how the service were pretty determined to dig up dirt on people often when there wasn’t really any dirt there.

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It has tragic outcomes for nearly everyone involved. It’s quite a long film, at more than 2 hours, and it’s obviously all in German, but it doesn’t feel like a long watch, and I enjoyed it. Above all it made me feel lucky that I grew up in somewhere in Scotland where people are free to do what they want. It’s not really a thriller, more of a suspense film, so if that’s your kind of thing I’d recommend you watch it.

You can check out the trailer here.