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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…
"To think that people like you ruled a country"
This is a stunning debut in which the director creates an atmosphere which made me think that this really was 1984!!! it has excellent performances aided by some beautiful western classical music at the right moments...in certain aspects it reminded me of Harry Caul...
This winner of the Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards is a powerful look at lives crumbling and resurrected under a strict regime...
We shall never forget we are all humans after all
The most gripping audiovisual drama. It's tightly plotted, extensively detailed and strongly performed. I'd almost forgotten how superbly it utilizes the voyeur to take in the couple's tumultuous relationship and domestic privacy through East Germany's political upheaval. It reaches an ultimate conclusion of wrenching anguish as even the Stasi are incapable of human decency. I used to consider the ending a bit saccharine on its initial theatrical run yet now it's suddenly moving.
A bit sentimental at the end, but what a complex and captivating slice of history. I immediately pored over Wikipedia for a crash course on the Stasi, das Schild und Schwert der Partei.
A remarkable film; the best German film I've seen so far with excellent acting and a gripping plot about a Stasi official in East Berlin in 1984 charged to find fault with a prominent playwright who, at first, seems beyond suspicion but, eventually writes a story about the high rate of suicides in East Germany which is printed in the West. The story unfolds in an unpredictable way and the ending is very moving. Brilliant performances by all the major actors.
On a first viewing of The Lives Of Others there's a nagging flaw which almost goes by in the flow of this enthralling, intense, emotionally charged polical thriller. I'm not even refering to the clunker of an ending which seems made for awards season. No. The main character Wieler is too thinly depicted and as the story unwinds the looming question bubbles up again and again: what is it that draws him in about the couple he's listening to, where, for him, is there cracks in the system?
It's my belief that on a second viewing is where the true lack in Wieler's character will show itself more clearly. The audience is given so little about him and his life that it's difficult to fully come to grips with his decision and the aftermath.
Film #13 of the 2015 Scavenger Hunt November Challenge!
Task #8: A film about political conspiracy.
My Scavenger Hunt November 2015 List .
The Lives of Others was a very solid film about an investigation into a playwright by the Socialist Party in East Germany. The constant paranoia of that time was made evident throughout the film. I enjoyed the performance of Ulrich Mühe as Wiesler, the lead investigator as his feelings change towards the people he is spying on. I was also intrigued by the relationship portrayed between the playwright and his lover played by Sebastian Koch and Martina Gedeck. I especially enjoyed the opening sequence when the interrogation skills and background of Wiesler are established.
Another film that's been sat on the shelf shouting "I'M FUCKING GREAT AND EVERYONE KEEPS TELLING YOU I'M GREAT SO WHY ARE YOU IGNORING ME"
Turns out everyone was right, which is annoying.
"Das Leben Der Anderen" Aka The lives of Others is the first movie Florian Henckel directed , and I can safely say that this is one of the best character study movies I have ever watched , with a very powerful performance from Ulrich Mühe who was absolutely outstanding , also the soundtrack was really good along with the well written screenplay , the lives of others is definitely one of the best foreign movies out there.
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