• theresapham27

    ★★★★★ Added by theresapham27

    one of my favourite movies of all time. it's deeply moving, and has a unique storyline and cinematography. it also has one of the best endings of all time. I'm a big fan of Florian, and this movie is even more memorable to me following the untimely death of Ulrich Muhe before the film could win its awards. Martina Gedeck is also wonderful in it, and i suppose because of that, i usually watch this movie with the Baader Meinhof Complex. overall, a pretty perfect film.

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  • tassja

    ★★★★½ Watched by tassja 28 Dec, 2014

    the perfect ending scene IMO

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  • Mikey Stough

    ★★★★ Watched by Mikey Stough 21 Apr, 2015

    I went into this film, from what I had read previously, expecting a bit of a political thriller. What I ended up getting was a beautifully bleak portrait of life in late cold war East Berlin. While this film can function as a dark drama, with focus of the duality of man and connection between human beings, I think if that was the main purpose the film falls short. However, the film succeeds as a portrayal of dark times and…

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  • Sonia Cerca

    ★★★★★ Watched by Sonia Cerca 18 Apr, 2015

    Danke, danke, danke für dieses Meisterstück! The Lives of Others is many things. It is a wonderful film, full of emotions and poetry. It is an example that must be followed by modern cinema, because it is possible to craft a magnificent film without special effects, violence and banalities. It is the kind of film what captures your attention from the first moment, and keeps you interested the whole time.

    It is absolutely stunning to witness the process of transformation…

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  • Jack Godwin

    ★★★½ Watched by Jack Godwin 13 Apr, 2015

    The outstanding script and performances is enough to call this a classic, but what I really found interesting was how it played with ideas of audience, art and reality. Maybe someone smarter than me should write an essay about that

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  • beonyi

    ★★★½ Watched by beonyi 06 Apr, 2015

    Un buen hombre

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  • David Gutierrez

    ★★★★ Added by David Gutierrez

    A very good and detailed introspective into the life of people and politics in a personal scale during the separated Germanies, as well as a solid, quiet spy thriller and a character study.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.…

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  • 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…

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  • Hamushy

    ★★★★½ Watched by Hamushy 20 Mar, 2015 8

    "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…

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  • 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.

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