The Lives of Others (2006)

R   |    |  Drama, Thriller


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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.

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  • Martina Gedeck and Sebastian Koch in The Lives of Others (2006)
  • Martina Gedeck in The Lives of Others (2006)
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Director:

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

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Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

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20 May 2006 | hareck
10
| Excellent
I do agree with all the other positive comments, and just need to add that this is the very first movie about the former GDR I saw that is not something like a comedy. Flicks like "Sonnenallee" or "Good bye Lenin" definitely were great and funny, but unconsciously left myself (a West German) with the impression that the GDR has been a sort of "Mickey Mouse State" full of stupid but charming characters, not really to be taken seriously. After seeing "Das Leben der Anderen" this impression shifted quite a bit: there actually was suffering, killing desperation and a terribly claustrophobic atmosphere behind that wall. This might well be the most realistic depiction of the dark side of the former East Germany. Thanks to the Producers, actors and director for making this movie. 10 out of 10.

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