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The Lives of Others, 2006

The Lives of Others
Language:  German
Country:  Germany
Runtime:  137 min
MPAA Rating:  R
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The mood of The Lives of Others is tense, gloomy, and bleak. The plot centers around voyeurism, themes of unfulfillment, and state affairs. It is a drama, foreign, and thriller movie. In approach, The Lives of Others is serious and realistic. The pacing is slow. The setting is Germany. The Lives of Others happens in the 1980s and in the 1990s. The movie is known for being an Oscar winner and critically acclaimed. Note that it includes nudity, sexual content, and profanity.

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In East Berlin in 1984, the secret police, known as the Stasi, are gaining more and more control, spying... more

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Language: German
Country: Germany
Release date: 15 February 2007
Runtime: 137 min
Awards: Academy Awards

Awards

Awarded Best Foreign Language Film at the 2006 Academy Awards

Cast and Crew

Martina Gedeck Martina Gedeck As Christa-Maria Sieland
Ulrich Muhe Ulrich Muhe As Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler
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TV Guide
A tense and tightly plotted fictional thriller is based on real tactics used by the Stasi -- East Germany's secret police force -- to spy on and interrogate their own citizens.
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by: Ken Fox
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Smartly crafted, impeccably acted, The Lives of Others packs a subtle punch, from its creepy first images to its poignant finale.
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Stunning drama
Fantastic film.
16.January.2013 |  by: guineapig
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guineapig rated this title
Amazing and unexpected drama
Beautiful film situated in the GDR 1984 about a writer who is being observed by a Stasi (state security) agent. The agent is a rather dedicated guy, but bit by bit his motivation spying on the writer turns and he tries to shield him. The movie...
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26.December.2011 |  by: Roelof Bijnema
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Must see film, Oscar well-deserved.
This movie stands out as a very strong, moving, well-intentioned film. It has a lot to say about government corruption, about the perils of absolute power and about the complete carelessness of human life under repressive political systems. The...
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18.November.2011 |  by: jodyann
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jodyann rated this title
An astonishing film. Don't the length dissuade you - the movie flies. Taut yet fluid, the movie holds you from the first frame. Though "Pan's Labyrinth" is amazing, "The Lives of Others" truly deserves its Oscar. Even the film score is exquisite......
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06.March.2011 |  by: Judith Raddue
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Judith Raddue rated this title
Excellent Roles
The directing style in The Lives of Others is everything you would want in a conversational partner: constantly attentive, always listening, feeling out for detail, exploring but also maintaining a respectful reserve. The directing style was not...
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29.December.2010 |  by: Brutal Ball
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Brutal Ball rated this title
Greg says this a very fine movie and a welcome change from the trash that has risen to the top of the Q as of late
21.December.2010 |  by: gdwilson
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gdwilson rated this title
Cinematch recommended this one to me and it was dead on.Right from the opening scenes you realize you are in confident hands with this story. It reels you in and keeps you engaged. The viewer is confronted and forced to understand the lives of the...
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16.September.2010 |  by: argonaut
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argonaut rated this title
Naturmystikk - Das Leben der Anderen - Die Sonate vom guten Menschen
A fairytale.
15.March.2010 |  by: Streetlight of Amber
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Streetlight of Amber rated this title
This film is an excellent example of truly great filmmaking. A solid charcter driven story, with both tense and touching moments. Superb direction, wonderfully paced and beautifully shot. I walked away an observer of a film about observing with a...
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08.December.2009 |  by: ikiru
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ikiru rated this title
Worth the wait...
Although the film starts out very slow, it gains its interest later on. The film is a bit boring for the first hour or, but if you struggle through it, it will be worth the wait. With very human characters, very human relationships and a...
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17.July.2009 |  by: Dean
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Dean rated this title
Truly awesome. Rarely do movies live up to their hype. This is an exception. Among other things anyone who says its worth giving up our liberties to have greater security should see this.
11.April.2009 |  by: ScottyT
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ScottyT rated this title
Rich plot, great acting and a plot that has many layers. I enjoyed this film and once you deal with the fact that it is in fact a slow moving film (which is the most negative thing I can say about the film) you will feel inclined to finish the film...
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22.March.2009 |  by: prozac pop
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prozac pop rated this title
I didn't think I would like this movie, but I was pleasantly suprised. It started off very slowly and even though it is set in 1984, it looks like the 50's on screen and of course it's subtitled. But it really won me over as it progressed. At its...
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20.March.2009 |  by: spiderpig
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"The Lives of Others" excels at capturing the police state of East Germany before the Wall came down. The film follows a Stasi (secret police) spook spying on a playwright and his actress partner. The spook, a believer in communist ideals, comes to...
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19.March.2009 |  by: Vic
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