There really aren’t any words for how much I loved this film. It is probably the best movie I have seen in a very, very long time. I love foreign films anyway, but this one is just special. It takes place about 5 years before the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is an era I have a fascination about. The iron curtain used to scare the crap out of me as a kid and so starting in jr. high, I began to research everything I could find about it. I think it began when I saw the movie “Night Crossing” about a family who escaped East Germany by hot air balloon.
I also went through a phase where I researched the reunification process and its ramifications on both East and West Germany extensively.This movie perfectly captured my feelings about what it must have been like to live in a situation like that. It can be so difficult to comprehend the lack of freedoms that many of us take for granted every single day.
Ulrich MÃ¼he deserves an Oscar. He was this film. Without him it wouldn’t have even worked.He was amazing, amazing, AMAZING in his subtlety (Something I need to learn, huh?). He plays a quite, staunchly patriotic officer in the Stasi. (The secret police). He is sent to put a famous playwright under surveillance because a government bigwig wants him out of the way so he can bang the playwrights girlfriend. Muhe’s character becomes involved in their lives, yet completely separate in a way that will have you jumping out of your seat with suspense, sadness and triumph.
Best of all? I LOVE the way they handle the ending. It was something that completely shocked me for a film of this kind.
I HEART IT. You will, too.
I want to see it again.
I will just cover my eyes during the scene with the unfortunate-looking socialist prostitute and grody politician pawing at a poor, trapped woman while in his tidy whites. Cause that is just YUCK.