A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the system.
|Original Title||:||Das Leben der Anderen|
|Release Date||:||March 15, 2006|
|Production Company||:||Arte, Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion, Creado Film, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)|
|Director||:||Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck|
|Writers||:||Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck|
|Casts||:||Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Volkmar Kleinert, Matthias Brenner, Bastian Trost, Charly Hübner, Herbert Knaup, Marie Gruber, Hinnerk Schönemann, Thomas Arnold, Ludwig Blochberger, Volker Michalowski, Werner Daehn, Martin Brambach, Hubertus Hartmann, Paul Faßnacht, Paul Maximilian Schüller, Susanna Kraus, Michael Gerber, Fabian von Klitzing, Harald Polzin, Sheri Hagen, Gitta Schweighöfer, Hildegard Schroedter, Inga Birkenfeld, Jens Wassermann, Kai Ivo Baulitz, Anabelle D. Munro, Klaus Münster, Gabi Fleming|
|Plot Keywords||:||germany, berlin, suicide, berlin wall, corruption, german democratic republic, stasi, blackmail, cold war, soviet union, nudity, propaganda, freedom of speech, house search, artists' life, spying, arts, government, interrogation, surveillance, minister for education, heartbreak, east germany, communism, mfs|
I do agree with all the other positive comments, and just need to add that this is the very first movie about the former GDR I saw that is not something like a comedy. Flicks like "Sonnenallee" or "Good bye Lenin" definitely were great and funny, but unconsciously left myself (a West German) with the impression that the GDR has been a sort of "Mickey Mouse State" full of stupid but charming characters, not really to be taken seriously. After seeing "Das Leben der Anderen" this impression shifted quite a bit: there actually was suffering, killing desperation and a terribly claustrophobic atmosphere behind that wall. This might well be the most realistic depiction of the dark side of the former East Germany. Thanks to the Producers, actors and director for making this movie. 10 out of 10.