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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…
Remake idea: The Lives of Otters. Same film but the cast are otters.
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…
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…
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…
A calm description of times passed, hopefully. Proof that even in bad times people can do good things. Enjoyable.
Einer der wenigen richtig guten deutschen Filme. Dieser Film zeigt brillant über das Leben eines Stasi-Abhörer welcher die Geschehnisse über eine angeblich kommunismusfeindliche Familie mitschreibt bis er selbst erkennt, dass dir SED vielleicht doch nicht das perfekte System ist. Großartiges Drama aus Deutschland.
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How I wish I had read the synopsis for this before watching the film.
I made the mistake of watching this one completely blind (because that's the best way to watch any movie, right?), only knowing how this became an instant classic beloved by critics, audiences and especially my sister. I could understand everything that was going on, but I was still having questions running through my head throughout. Then I read the blurb on the back of the DVD case when it finished, and that filled me in on the historical context needed.
But nonetheless, this is still an engaging and realistic thriller film. It takes it's…
Соната о хорошем человеке !! (die sonate vom guten menschen)
Трудно передать словами насколько очарователен этот фильм .. в нем все, и знакомства с историей, и любовь, дружба, предательство на фоне самовыживания, справедливость ..
События происходят в ГДР, где за одним писателем ведет слежку сотрудник ШТАЗИ. Очень хорошо передана атмосфера страха в те года. то что я не жила в те года не мешают мне понять ситуацию, но если кто то ждет "action"-а то это не то, вам он покажется скучным.
Смотрится в напряжении все два часа с хвостиком. Советую смотреть, сюжет интересный.
Человек способен все изменить, начав с себя - главный герой фильма этому доказательство.
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. - IMDb
Our experience with The Lives of Others with a fairly interrupted one. My wife got me tickets to an event called Picnic in the Park where they show movies in a park, on inflatable double beds. Great.
The problem was that overhead there were bats constantly flying around. Not that I'm scared or anything, but every now and then they'd either drop shit, or something that they were eating. As they flew over, you'd look up so that you could avoid being hit.
Aside from the above, the movie was great. I just think that I need to see it again for a better experience with it. It's hard enough to go along with a German film, let alone a intricate period spy thriller version, while dodging bats and their activities.
A beautiful film that convinces you to care for and root for characters. Doesn't seem like much but considering you're rooting for the Stasi officer spying on them almost from the very beginning. Great ending, excellent cinematography considering the rather droll setting.
I get more and more out of this movie every time I watch it. I genuinely love showing it to my friends bc they all go into it reluctant and end up loving it. Also, I 💜 Ulrich.
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