The perfect writer's date movie?
Florian Henckel van Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others, a film that suggests, in the face of all contrary evidence, that writers are,
a) Caring and accomplished lovers
b) Snappy dressers
c) Crusaders for individual freedom, justice and human rights in the face of a faceless totalitarian regime
d) Geniuses whose works will, as a matter of course, outlive political powers
and which also implies, by contrasting the life of the playwright Dreyman with that of Wiesler’s Stasi eavesdropper, that somehow writers aren’t wallflowers or voyeurs but people who ACT...