• Sarah

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Sarah 30 Apr, 2016

    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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  • Jack R. Deso

    ★★★½ Watched by Jack R. Deso 28 Apr, 2016

    Through the power of art, a Stasi begins to abandon his socialist ideology. The restricted color scheme of earth tones visually represents the muddiness of Wiesler's situation; does he remain loyal to the Party, or allow his target to speak against the state? Gender politics are also interesting. The lead woman is used for male gratification (through groping or massages), yet, she also plays the betrayal trope. Not as thrilling as one would expect, but a good watch overall.

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  • Christian Alec

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Christian Alec 27 Apr, 2016

    applause, applause, applause

    I had seen this previous to last night when my Foreign Films class watched these but wow! a knockout film the possibly everybody should see once in their life if not more. The Lives of Others resonates to the deepest core of how we care about and learn about the people around us who don't know we're watching. The late Ulrich Mühe gives a powerful performance as an East German Statsi member, asked to listen in on…

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  • Fuccboi

    ★★★½ Watched by Fuccboi 28 Apr, 2016

    Clever but the reveal seems flawed...

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  • Mike

    ★★★★★ Watched by Mike 27 Apr, 2016

    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's feature-lenght directorial debut THE LIVES OF OTHERS is one of new international cinema's most human film. The film follows the events of 1980s East Germany where the GDR's secret police, the Stasi, invoke constant secret surveillance on East German artists, writers, and political activist. Ulrich Mühe's brilliant portrayal of Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler, surely backs up the countless awards the films won.

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  • DanStew

    Watched by DanStew 27 Apr, 2016

    One of those rare films that seems to encapsulate an entire place and era. Perhaps a little too long, but very compelling, and with great performance from Ulrich Mühe.

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  • ScottTheFilmGuy

    ★★★★★ Watched by ScottTheFilmGuy 23 Apr, 2016

    Masterful. No more can, or should be said.

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  • Vanya Hanson

    ★★★★ Watched by Vanya Hanson 21 Apr, 2016

    Captivating and moving story. Loved watching all the stories weave together and I felt like I was a babysitter again. Opening cupboards at other people's houses--getting to know them in a way many might not. What they eat and read. The perfume they wear. The acting was good too. I could start commenting on Berlin and politics---for now, I will just leave it at that.

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  • Zuul

    ★★★★½ Watched by Zuul 14 Apr, 2016

    April Scavenger Hunt | Film #21, Task #3
    A film widely considered one of the greatest of all time, which you have been putting off.
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    This film matches the task exactly. I knew this was going to be a great film but I never got around to watching it. I thought I wasn't going to enjoy it. Now that I've seen it, I'm glad to say it is indeed a great film. It is a thrilling story and it…

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    ★★★★★ Watched by 17 Apr, 2016

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  • blind_choice

    ★★★★★ Watched by blind_choice 12 Apr, 2016

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    Day 195 of 365 of my year long challenge

    Week 28: THEY are watching...
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    I don't often come away from a film quite so surprised at how much I liked it. Those I do come away from like that tend to be small productions that really have no right to have such a big impact. Expectation may be the better word there because it's the small films that have the biggest things to say and impart and Florian…

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  • Colin Smallwood

    Watched by Colin Smallwood 07 Apr, 2016 1

    The Lives of Others

    The Lives of Others is a 2006 German film about a Stasi investigator watching a German artist and his actress girlfriend living in East Berlin during the Communist rule. The film revolves around Gerald Wiesler, a devoted Stasi officer, who up until this point had been an interrogation specialist who focused mainly on discovering the truth. He now has been assigned to following the lives of a playwright and an actress who he believes may be…

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