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Why did I wait so long to see this movie? The Lives of Others won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, and it is well-deserved. In East Germany before the wall came down, the Stasi (secret police) spied on artists they thought might have subversive leanings. A Stasi officer assigned to monitor the wiretaps in a writer's home starts to become sympathetic. We follow his subtle transformation from a stereotypical militant oppressor to a sensitive human being. It's much more nuanced than I can put into words. Watch the DVD extras, too - especially the interview with the writer/director and the experiences of the lead actor, who was investigated by the Stasi himself as a young actor.

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