Until yesterday, I ranked the ending of The Shawshank Redemption as the best ever. Now that one's in second place.
I'm no movie critic; that's why I hardly ever talk about them here. But this one, The Lives of Others, now ranks at the top with me. My son told me not to miss it, and he was right.
All I'll say about the plot is this: it takes place in communist East Germany in the mid-1980s, and it's a movie about character. For the first half of the movie, I was wondering where it was going. Then... what a finish.
Here's the link. Rent it or buy it; just don't miss it.