The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others (2006)

The Lives of Others
8/10 by 1172 users

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
MPAA Rating:R
Genres:Drama, Thriller
Production Company:Arte, Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion, Creado Film, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)
Production Countries:Germany
Director:Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
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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
  • Excellent
    May 20, 2006

    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.