THE GHOST (WRITER) is a truly enjoyable thriller which has this reality feel to it, no superheroes, no spectacular action scenes, no gratuitous gore or murder, but an entertaining tale of political intrigue and corruption, somewhat Hitchcockian, not too complex, which allows you to enjoy every aspect of it. The characters are believable and vulnerable individuals all with their virtues and flaws, which makes you care. They really are the victims of the situations they've gotten themselves into. One thing, however, that made me love this film was its atmosphere. Simply amazing. Here we see the real genius Polanski at work (as with THE PIANIST). How he's able to create a universe of anxiety, suspicion, and mystery by using all visual and audio means at his disposal. There is Lang's house, of course, a magnificent setting, luxurious, but cold and sterile, blockhouse-like, concealing terrible secrets. There is the island, the weather, desolate, gray, where the constant wind and rain enhance the feeling of despair and imminent doom. Oh, yes, and the music. Just listen to track 16 `The Truth about Ruth' on the soundtrack and you get into the mood. The perfect musical accompaniment by Alexandre Desplat. The end of the film is a masterstroke, surprising and unexpected, yet leaving all possibilities open. THE GHOST WRITER is a story about real people committing REAL crimes. Roman Polanski, a well-deserved Silver Bear! Film lovers, don't miss it.