I have watched two movies recently that I have to recommend to you. If you have Netflix these are all on the instant watch or you can get them on dvd if you like it the old fashioned way. The first movie I just happened to place in my queue not knowing too much about it. I was absolutely surprised by its depth and its art and by its message. It is a beautiful movie.
German movie The Lives of Others (dvd only) won the 2007 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film. It hearkens back to 1986 and the Stasi, East Germany’s state police. Famous playwright Georg Dreyman, a dedicated communist, become disillusioned with the system when his good friend is blacklisted from writing because of what he had said. Dreyman also happens to be involved with a famous beautiful actor who is desired by a top Party official. Dreyman’s apartment is bugged and Agent Wiesler, in charge of the case, soon discovers why Dreyman is under surveillance. Wiesler listens to every conversation and writes a summary report for the Stasi. The more he listens, the more what he hears changes him. Note of caution: the movie is typically European and has some explicit sexual scenes.