The lives of others

The lives of others

Das Leben der Anderen

DVD - 2007 | German
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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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petercorell
Mar 15, 2017

"The Lives of Others" is an outstanding film. Try to watch it without reading the KCLS website description or the DVD box description. Why ruin one of the best films you will ever see!!

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dennismmiller
Mar 10, 2017

Not as much a movie about government oppression and control as about what it means to be a human being, with a totalitarian state as the setting. The kind of movie you find yourself remembering at odd moments, years after watching it.

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thornhill_boy
Feb 16, 2017

Movie really surprised me. It is one of the finest movies I have seen in recent times. Right up there with the like of 'The Spy who Came in from the Cold' and perhaps a notch better due to its intensity, acting and aura of realism. Poignant ending. Give yourself time, don't watch it in a hurry.

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poolman
Oct 20, 2016

Horrifying, gripping and considering that it's a German film one presumes it's pretty close to reality.

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peawormsworth
Aug 19, 2016

Good example of why we should never let government invade our privacy.

ezaminpaima Jun 22, 2015

Quite dark and suspenseful. It is disturbing to think that people actually had to live in a society where the walls had ears, and their every statement was monitored and recorded. Very intriguing story with very interesting characters.

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tcull2295
Jun 16, 2015

An excellent exposition of life behind the wall in the DDR. It was much as it was under the Nazis, and subsequently under the USSR.

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æther
Apr 03, 2015

One of the most haunting of the Cold War's last decade.

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badgirls
Feb 17, 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.

madison382 Feb 15, 2015

Really good movie, with excellent acting.

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