The Lives of Others

Thriller/Mystery, Germany 2006

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East Berlin, 1984. Glasnost is still a long way off; the population is under the thumb of the Ministry for State Security (Stasi), the East German secret police. The Stasi is considered one of the most effective intelligence services in the world. The Stasi's goal was to know everything. The successful playwright Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch) and his lover, the actress Christa Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck), are popular intellectual stars in the GDR. But their actions and especially thoughts are not always in line with the ideology of socialist utopia. The Minister of Culture is very interested in Christa-Maria and commissions the Stasi agent Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe) to eavesdrop on the two. As usual, the bureaucratic Wiesler dutifully begins this task. Above their flat, in the attic, he eavesdrops on their lives day and night. But the more he is drawn into their world of thoughts, the more he struggles to maintain his loyalty to the state.
132 min
SD
Starting at 12
Audio language:
German
Subtitles:
French

Awards

Academy Awards Oscar Foreign Film
German Film Award 2006 Best Feature Film Best Director Best Actor Best Screenplay Best Cinematography Best Supporting Actor
European Film Award Best Film Best Actor

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Cast:

Martina Gedeck (Christa-Maria Sieland)

Ulrich Mühe (Gerd Wiesler)

Sebastian Koch (Georg Dreyman)

Ulrich Tukur (Anton Grubitz)

Thomas Thieme (Bruno Hempf)

Hans-Uwe Bauer (Paul Hauser)

Volkmar Kleinert (Albert Jerska)

Original title:

Das Leben der Anderen

Original language:

German

Further titles:

Das Leben der Anderen - Die Sonate vom guten Menschen

Format:

1:2.35 SD, Color

Ratings:

FBW "especially valuable"

Age rating:

Starting at 12

Audio language:

German

Subtitles:

French