R | | Drama, Thriller
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
Director Donnersmarck spent a month translating the screenplay into French and sending it to Gabriel Yared to entice his participation as composer for the film. For the scene in which Dreyman plays the Sonata For A Good Man on piano, Donnersmarck asked Yared to ... ...
Stand still. Eyes to the floor.
Guard: Walk on.
The literal translation of "Das Leben der Anderen" into English would be "The Life of the Others." However, the pluralization rules for collective nouns are different in German than in English, so "The Lives of Others" more accurately conveys the sense of the German title and is thus the better translation.
€814,337 (Germany) (26 March 2006)
$11,286,112 (USA) (13 September 2007)
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