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The Lives of Others

Monday, November 5th, 2007

The Lives of Others

We went to see Das Leben der Anderen (2006) on the weekend. Set in the former GDR, the movie depicts the tension between a group of dissidents and the Stasi agents who are trying to dig up dirt on them.

The antagonist, Wiesler, a rather ascetic and hard-working agent, loses his grip on reality as the power-struggles and depravity of Stalinism slowly eat away at his resolve. He has the task of monitoring the playwright Dreyman, and a rather interesting story ensues. That’s all — Don’t want to spoil the plot!

In personal news, I am nearly finished with exams. Some other good news is that I have been accepted into the CS Honours programme at UCT next year.