I enjoyed the film “The Lives of Others” on BBC FOUR last night.
And to my surprise and delight it’s available on BBC iPlayer.
It reminded me of “Hidden”. But I didn’t like “Hidden”. I thought it was pompous and heavy handed.
The Lives of Others seemed like a better, more lighter touch exploration of some of the same questions around surviellance and perception.
Hidden was about video – looking – while The Lives of Others was about bugging – listening -which may explain why it felt more intelligent.
I liked Hidden more as a portrait of a marriage than a political allegory. There was also a double meaning in the Lives of Others. It’s a humanist fable about the redeeming power of art and brotherhood. But what’s the price to paid for these heroic (and male) notions?
Anway I thought it was good. So you’ve got seven days.