• Justin Willis

    ★★★★½ Watched by Justin Willis 28 Mar, 2015

    Its a powerful, yet reserved film. The premise is that a East German captain is tasked with wiretapping a playwrights house. Through expert filmmaking, this film sets up the wire tapping premise as well as the characters motivations and development. What makes this a great movie is how a seemingly unreliable character transforms with minimal dialogue. The acting of Ulrich Mühe is phenomenal, giving the audience someone who is in the know to every situation. The movie explores themes of free speech, as well as the how inhuman it is to wire-tap. Overall, its an emotional movie that crafts an interesting historical tale.


  • Ben_Macdonald

    Rewatched by Ben_Macdonald 17 Mar, 2015

    Gerd Weisler is a captain in East Germany’s notorious secret police, the Stasi. The Lives of Others begins in 1984, an appropriate year, as Big Brother is keeping tabs on just about everyone. Weisler is tasked with bugging the Berlin apartment of the seemingly loyal playwright, Georg Dreyman and his actress girlfriend. Wiesler’s exposure to poetry, music and the lives of the artists he is spying on become the catalysts for a mysterious and profound moral transformation in his character.…


  • lobsta

    ★★★ Watched by lobsta 27 Mar, 2015

    The cold war is a bit of a bad topic for me, I've never found it to be particularly fascinating especially when shown on film which seems to draw out the already slow moments even further. The Lives of Others is well regarded which was my reason for watching but if I had known it was during the cold war I probably would have continued to delay watching it. Almost instantly as he establishes his steadfast belief and rigorous method…


  • Hamushy

    ★★★★½ Watched by Hamushy 20 Mar, 2015 4

    "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…


  • Lagaan

    ★★★★½ Watched by Lagaan 23 Mar, 2015

    Top 250 #55 in IMDB

    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.

    Best German dramatic movie in years.


  • Marichuy Ramírez

    ★★★★ Watched by Marichuy Ramírez 21 Mar, 2015

    “…y pensar que gente como usted alguna vez gobernó este país…” con estas sencillas palabras, Georg Dreyman, un exitoso escritor vigilado por la Stasi, emite su juicio sobre la defenestrada clase política que gobernó la hoy desaparecida RDA, República Democrática Alemana, en una de las últimas secuencias de “La Vida de los Otros”. Algo que los ciudadanos de muchos países podríamos decir respecto de nuestras propias clases gobernantes. “La Vida de los Otros” es un thriller emocionante y conmovedor sobre…


  • Cameron Wayne Johnson

    ★★★ Watched by Cameron Wayne Johnson 20 Mar, 2015

    Espionage and tragic romance were hot topics in 2006, but, no, this isn't "Casino Royale", definitely, definitely not "Casino Royale". This espionage thriller film is even heavier than that, although I don't know how seriously the Europeans can take this film about the colorful topic of Stasi surveillance during the division and partial socialization of Germany. ...Wow, that actually does sound like some pretty deep subject matter, so how did "Sonnenallee" and "Good Bye, Lenin!", two films dealing with this…


  • Jarret

    ★★★★ Watched by Jarret 16 Mar, 2015

    This film has a lot to say about German politics and love and much more but I'm not smart enough to go into all that especially on a first watch but I'll tell you this is soooooo good. The late Ulrich Mühe is incredible, the story is gripping as hell, and the film is a technical marvel. I didn't really go in expecting much but it is a must-see.


  • lavrego

    ★★★½ Watched by lavrego 12 Mar, 2015

    Os alemans cando se poñen revisionistas, caen no topico do remordemento.
    Quitanlle a un as ganas de pertencer á Staatssicherheit.


  • Joyce Heinen

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Joyce Heinen 11 Mar, 2015

    In East Germany in the eighties, the influence of the Sovjet Union was still present. The communistic regime of the DDR, the Deutsche Demokratische Republiek, has every person registered. Citizens who were negative about the regime or said positive things about the capitalistic West of Gemany, were added to the black list. Which meant you would never get a job again. If you were lucky. Some of them where captivated and questioned for hours. The government was paranoid because they…


  • Sara Gomes

    ★★★★½ Watched by Sara Gomes 08 Mar, 2015

    March 30 #6: Germany

    Das Leben der Anderen is a simple movie full of complex emotions. Wieler works for the Stasi and is ordered to investigate a writer named Dreyman. Wieler spends hours listening to every detail in Dreyman's apartment and getting himself caught deeper in his life.

    This is a movie about loneliness, isolation and above all love. The cinematography and Ulrich Mühe's acting capture the essence of a hollow, cold man, much like a robot, giving into powerful emotions. The silent transformation of Wieler is subtle but strong and the ending is really moving.

    An amazing film to watch about dark years of history.


  • Josh Schulze

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Josh Schulze 02 Mar, 2015 2

    So quietly brilliant.