Lives of Others, The

A FILM BY Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Lives of Others, The

A FILM BY Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

A genuinely thrilling tale, leavened with sly humor, that works ingenious variations on the theme of cat and mouse, speaks to current concerns about personal privacy and illuminates the timeless conflict between totalitarianism and art."" ""
-Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
It's hard to believe this is von Donnersmarck's first feature. His storytelling gifts have the novelistic richness of a seasoned master.""""
-David Ansen, Newsweek
The Lives of Others is a supremely intelligent, unfailingly honest look at a shadowy period in recent German history.""""
-A.O Scott, New York Times

Synopsis

East Berlin, November 1984. Five years before its downfall, the former East-German government ensured its claim to power with a ruthless system of control and surveillance. Party-loyalist Captain Gerd Wiesler hopes to boost his career when given the job of collecting evidence against the playwright Georg Dreyman and his girlfriend, the celebrated theater actress Christa-Maria Sieland. After all, the “operation” is backed by the highest political circles. What he didn’t anticipate, however, was that submerging oneself into the world of the target also changes the surveillance agent. The immersion in The Lives of Others – in love, literature, free thinking and speech – makes Wiesler acutely aware of the meagerness of his own existence and opens to him a completely new way of life which he has ever more trouble resisting. But the system, once started, cannot be stopped. A dangerous game has begun...

Release Date

Friday, February 09, 2007
Original Languages: German
Genre: Drama, World Cinema
Running Time: 137 min.
Year: 2005

CREDITS

CAST
Martina Gedeck
Sebastian Koch
Ulrich Muhe
DIRECTED BY
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

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