The Lives of Others

Release February 9, 2007 (Limited)
Cast Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Muehe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur
Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Writer Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio Sony Pictures Classics / Mongrel Media
Website www.thelivesofothers.com

Synopsis

East Berlin, November 1984. Five years before its downfall, the former East-German government ensured its claim to power with a ruthless system of control and surveillance. Party-loyalist Captain Gerd Wiesler hopes to boost his career when given the job of collecting evidence against the playwright Georg Dreyman and his girlfriend, the celebrated theater actress Christa-Maria Sieland. After all, the "operation" is backed by the highest political circles.

What he didn't anticipate, however, was that submerging oneself into the world of the target also changes the surveillance agent. The immersion in the lives of others – in love, literature, free thinking, and speech – makes Wiesler acutely aware of the meagerness of his own existence and opens to him a completely new way of life which he has ever more trouble resisting. But the system, once started, cannot be stopped. A dangerous game has begun.

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