THE LIVES OF OTHERS

Directed by Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck
Drama | Germany | 2006 | German | English | 137 min


DAS LEBEN DER ANDEREN

East Berlin, November 1984, five years before its downfall, the East-German government ensured its claim to power with a ruthless surveillance system. Party-loyalist Captain Gerd Wiesler hopes to boost his career when given the job of collecting evidence against the playwright Georg Dreyman and his girlfriend. What he didn't anticipate, however, was that submerging oneself into the world of the target also changes the surveillance agent. The immersion in the lives of others - in love, literature, free thinking and speech - makes Wiesler acutely aware of the meagerness of his own existence.

Ulriche Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch