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The Lives of Others
Before the Fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's Secret Police Listened to Your Secrets.
A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the system.
"An innocent prisoner will become more angry by the hour due to the injustice suffered. He will shout and rage. A guilty prisoner becomes more calm and quiet. Or he cries. He knows he's there for a reason. The best way to establish guilt or innocence is non-stop interrogation."
The 2007 winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film is the German thriller The Lives of Others directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The film follows the professional and private life of Gerd Wiesler an agent for the East German security service, who becomes too involved with his subjects during a surveillance operation. His mission is eventually complicated because of his obsession with the subject's lives, which leads him…
Damn, what a way to start this challenge.
The Lives of Others is a slow burn political thriller/drama that takes place in Germany during the time of the Berlin Wall. A country was divided by harsh political ideals and strictly governed people. Inside the highly restricted East Germany we are introduced to a playwright and his starlet girlfriend. The man and woman are the artistic and intellectual type. They are loyal communists but they begin to question the growing hostility of the government and they start to show that they might not fully agree with the system they are a part of. They question their system yet…
Whilst watching this film I cannot get around the incredible display of film-making skills on display here. Everything is handled with such attention to detail and respect it is simply awe inspiring.
Now it is too easy to attribute this to the Deutsche Gründlichkeit (the German knack for detail and thoroughness), so I won't and I'll say that the strength here stems from respect. Respect for a troubled period in a nation's history.
It is a no-holds barred account of a time where art, freedom and individuality were seen as criminal. And within this all we see the change of one man, a man who listens, spies and judges. The life he has and the life he eventually wants are…
Winner of Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, The Lives of Others has a very serene ambience when compared to other entries in the spy genre which are usually filled with chases, action or violence for this German drama tries to paint an authentic portrait of life in East Germany and is a silent observation of human nature.
Set in 1980s East Germany, the story of The Lives of Others (also known as Das Leben der Anderen) focuses on the monitoring of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi; the secret police, and concerns an agent who's tasked to conduct a surveillance on a writer & his lover, but over the course of his duty ends up becoming too infatuated…
The Lives of Others is a masterfully plotted historical and fictional drama that never bores its audience with mediocre side plots that add nothing of substance. Instead, it intricately examines a Stasi investigator's own humanity, and suggests some rays of hope still shone on their own in the dark recesses of East Berlin. Hauptmann Wiesler is assigned to eavesdrop on a suspected opposer of the state's political party, yet he slowly shows more and more humanistic tendencies, and forms a strange protective fascination of this couple's lives. Like Valkyrie displayed an uprising within a gestating dictatorship, Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck genuinely displays a social revolution in the making. Berlin is still separated by the Wall, but Germany's finest minds…
The Lives of Others is one of those films that has been on my radar forever, but I've kept putting it off for no reason in particular. I tried to watch it several years ago, but the copy I got from my local video store was damaged and they only had one copy. I noticed it on my massive Netflix DVD queue the other day and decided to move it to the top so I could finally check it off the list. It's a film that reminded me quite a bit of Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation. I'm not sure if director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck took any inspiration from that film, but the stories definitely share similarities. I won't…
For the most part this works really well for me, but the main issue I have is something most people praised: Ulrich Mühe's performance. It's a very measured, quiet one, and there's a lot of value in that. But the screenplay doesn't give us much of an understanding of why it's this "case" that changes him, and I assume Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (best name in cinema history? Honestly.) wanted that to come through the performance more. I never got enough from Mühe, and so didn't really get what his game was until he decides not to call about the car (even the scene where he meets with Christa-Maria Sieland didn't click for me until then). Again, Mühe's not bad,…
a really good movie...worth to watch this movie.
Kalme spionagethriller, gefocust op een stasi-bespieder met een groot rechtvaardigheidsgevoel. Kalm, ietwat steriel verteltempo, waardoor de acteurs misschien nog meer indruk maken. De nogal aangedikte muziek op emotionele momenten is daarom eigenlijk niet nodig. Vond hem nog beter dan de eerste keer dat ik hem zag.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
wasn't weisler supposed to be so smart and careful???? THEN WHY did he leave a huge red fingerprint on the fucking report if he was...... i'm losing my sleep over this weak ass resolution
An honourable, if slightly overrated, drama from director Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck.
Watched this as part of The Movie World Trip – Part Three: Europe
One of the best german movies I've ever seen.
Still working my way through various "best movies" lists, I've finally watched The Lives of Others, which I've put off watching for years for no real reason whatsoever.
This slow paced film manages to stay engaging throughout, providing some real thrilling moments of suspense and anxiety.
I suspect I would have gotten a lot more out of this film had I walked into it with a more in-depth understanding of the Communist regime of East Germany. For obvious and valid reasons, the film assumes that the viewer will be approaching the film with a certain level of background knowledge. Since I didn't have that, I think my appreciation can only go so far.
That said, it's a beautifully produced film. Save for that one scene with Christa-Maria (and you probably know which one I am talking about), I quite liked the story and the characters. The smaller moments were the ones that really made it for me, though. Wiesler in the elevator with the little boy was the stand-out scene, for me, and the one that sold me on the film as a whole.
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