• Michael "PhantomKnight" Dennos

    ★★★★½ Watched by Michael "PhantomKnight" Dennos 13 Apr, 2014 6

    The Lives of Others is a German period drama/thriller dealing with the monitoring of East Berlin by Stasi agents that occurred during the 80's. Specifically, the film is centered on a seasoned agent named Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Muhe), who's assigned to spy on a playwright named Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koche), who's carrying on a relationship with one of his actresses (Martina Gedeck). But Weisler soon not only comes to be fascinated by these people's lives, but also discovers there…

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  • Éloïse Thompson

    ★★★★½ Watched by Éloïse Thompson 09 Apr, 2014

    [2014 Movie challenge: entry #42]

    Amazingly good.
    I can't event put words on it. You'll have to wait for a review.

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  • A. S.

    Watched by A. S. 03 Apr, 2014

    I'm absolutely sure this is a fantastic film, however the DVD version i bought has such fleeting Subtitles it's almost impossible to follow whats happening and the setting. Will try on another format.

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  • André Castilho

    ★★★★ Watched by André Castilho 28 Jan, 2008

    O filme mostra os métodos utilizados pela Stasi (polícia política) na Alemanha Oriental e como um regime totalitário prejudica as pessoas e o desenvolvimento de um país...

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  • Stefan Griens

    ★★★★ Watched by Stefan Griens 14 Feb, 2014

    Drama about wiretapping in Eastern Germany. The director manages to create that very subdued atmosphere where you can feel the characters are hiding their true intentions. Only slowly do the characters reveal themselves and all the pieces fall into place. I do have to deduct some points for ending on a freeze frame, which is such a cheesy move and does not fit a movie like this.

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  • niamhbolton

    ★★★★★ Added by niamhbolton

    The Lives of Others is a story about a man named Wiesler. Wiesler is a part of East Germany's secret police: The Stasi. Wiesler is a man of very little emotion which is perfect for the kind of job this man has. The Stasi would listen in on people's lives and, if need be, capture these people, and interrogate them if they were seen as a threat to East Germany's society. Wielser was also teaching new up and coming Stasi…

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  • JimiHudson

    ★★★★½ Watched by JimiHudson 25 Mar, 2014

    Érdemes megnézni!

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  • robert_holly

    ★★ Added by robert_holly

    Boring.

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  • kylegarvey

    ★★★★½ Added by kylegarvey

    A powerful, serious, and very mature political drama. Its setting (East German state police, monitoring a group of dissident intellectuals) could have easily led to a self-important or heavy-handed historical lecture, but Henckel-Donnersmarck restrained the film to a solid and thoughtful story all its own.

    From an impressionistic beginning -- light inquisitive touches of paranoia vs. surveillance, propaganda vs. true art, citizen vs. human: all of them ambiguously agile -- spins out several clever threads of dramatic irony.

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  • Rosigerante MR

    ★★★★★ Added by Rosigerante MR

    Alemania Oriental, vigilada, reprimida, sofocada. El escritor Sebastian Koch, un hombre leal a sus principios, rodeado de artistas e intelectuales, vigilado por la Stasi, gracias a su bella mujer y los suspiros que esta le arranca a un alto mando de dicha organización.

    La Stasi, representada por un hombre gris, solitario, experto en arrancar la verdad sin medir recursos o esfuerzos. Gerd Wiesler, sin embargo, de ser ese hombrecillo robotizado y vacío, re-conoce la vida a través JUSTAMENTE de los desencuentros y reencuentros de ...la vida de los otros, jos.

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  • sethgardner

    ★★★★½ Added by sethgardner

    I really enjoyed the Lives of others. Taking place in east germany just a few years before the fall of the soviet union, the first thing I noted about this movie was the role technology has in maintaining a totalitarian regime. The ability for anyone to know everything about a specific person is terrifying and I think this movie illustrates how those who are in power have the ability to abuse that power and completely ruin someones life.

    The lives…

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  • Sean Bolton

    ★★★★★ Added by Sean Bolton

    I really enjoyed this film. I like a good story, but what I love more is that it is portrayed in film well. I loved the change we see in the Stasi man, Wiesler. It was amazing to me how at the beginning of the film we see Wiesler refer to his "cases" by a number such as 227. This is a way of dehumanizing the people he would interrogate and break for information. I thought it was very ironic…

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