The lives of others

Das Leben der Anderen

DVD - 2007 - German
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The lives of others
A 1984 East Berlin simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler, a Stasi officer and a specialist in surveillance, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman, a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland. Though Dreyman is known to associate with blacklisted director Albert Jerska, a known dissident, Dreyman's record is spotless. Wiesler discovers that Minister Hempf has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. Wiesler's sympathies shift from the government to its people--or at least to this one particular person.


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An East German spy realizes that his government is asking him to watch a countryman for the wrong reasons, and his loyalty begins to shift.

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Mar 16, 2015

"The Lives Of Others" looks at a society where informing on others is a way of life and police have unregulated power.
Now that Harper has proposed and will probably pass into law Bill C 51-"Harper's Police State"-this film is a 'cautionary tale' for Canadians.

Feb 15, 2015
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really good movie, with excellent acting.

Jan 15, 2015
  • AladarNyc rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a very good movie. Great plot with intense situations. Excellent and realistic acting abound. Please watch it to the's worth it!

Dec 10, 2014
  • smustafi15 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Government tyranny leads to a soul less society but one man makes a choice to make a difference.

Nov 26, 2014
  • ilove48whippets rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very well done! Intriguing story! Artistic and mesmerizing! I recommend it!

Nov 02, 2014
  • ms_mustard rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

all of the positive reviews here encouraged me to watch this - secret police not a subject I am drawn to in a movie. very well done. good special features.

Jun 28, 2014
  • Perspots rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best films I have ever seen -on so many levels.

Jan 09, 2014
  • brendancarlson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Spectacular film. If you've been abreast of the news, unfortunately it's still relevant even today.

Nov 01, 2013
  • pegasus71 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A powerful and moving film which takes on even greater meaning and significance in light of recent revelations about our own government's intrusive surveillance of its citizenry.

Sep 15, 2013
  • Emcee rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was a very powerful and gripping film. Probably the best foreign language film I've watched.The ending really shook me up. I highly recommend it.

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