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The Lives of Others


Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur View All


Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Screenplay), Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Director) View All

Release: Mar. 15th, 2006
Runtime: 2 hours, 17 minutes
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.
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It was interesting to hear in the commentary that the lead actor himself had been watched by four Stasi spies in his theatre company during his heyday as a stage actor - and to this day has only discovered the names of two of them - meaning some of his friends of that period could well have been informing against him.
Film trivia - All of the listening and recording props that feature in the film are actual examples of Stasi equipment on loan from museums and collectors.
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But then the film shifts gears and becomes an introspective look at a lonely Stasi police officer and how the lives of a writer and his actresses girlfriend changes his outlook on life.
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