Sunday, June 20, 2010

Two good European movies

Paul (aka The Foreign Service Badass) and I saw a couple of good movies this weekend.

The first one was not new. It was a Netflix recommendation. It’s a 2006 German movie called The lives of others. It’s about life in the German Democratic Republic in the 1980s and 1990s. It was very interesting though painful to watch because it reminded me too much of life in Bulgaria during that time. It was almost surreal to think that we lived through all that and survived it somehow. I highly recommend the movie to anyone interested in life under socialism/communism. It’s good for German language practice as well. It’s a well-made, realistic representation of the time and the place.

  The Lives of Others  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The second one is new – The girl with the dragon tattoo from Sweden. It’s the film adaptation of the best selling book with the same name by Stieg Larsson. I had heard about the book and meant to read it but ended up seeing the movie first. Also a very well-made, interesting suspense/drama.

Both movies are definitely worth watching but they are not exactly uplifting. Both are rated R.

Let me know what you thought about them, if you’ve seen them.


  1. The Lives of Others is excellent, isn't it? I just added the Dragon Tattoo movie to my netflix queue. Thanks for the tip.

  2. We saw The Life of Others a few years ago, during its premiere in the US. We used to go to Intl. Film Festivals all the time;). I was deeply moved by it back then, reminiscening on the past too...

  3. Saw both of those movies and I hope you didn't watch them as a double feature, as I found them both to be pretty dark (one more so than the other). Great films, but definitely not light popcorn fare.


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