Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Lives of Others

Stasi agent Wiesler listens to the lives of a playwright and his girlfriend actress and discovers how his efficient, effective, party-loyal life has left him soulless and friendless, a sense that returns to him subtly and with nuance as he listens. The intimacy and affection of watching someone watch others, and particularly those whose lives have leaned toward truth because of the art they make, feels both rewarding like an unexpected admirer and like a parable about how the best sort of watching (movie watching even?) can redeem our own paltry insufficient worlds.