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Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006
Cast: Ülrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck and Sebastian Gedeck
The Lives of Others is a precise and gripping snapshot of the omnipresent and much feared secret service of communist East Germany, the Stasi. The film is set in East Berlin before the fall of the Wall, where the East German government kept control over its citizens with a ruthless system and surveillance run by the all powerful Stasi. When a high-ranking politician cannot keep his eyes off a celebrated stage actress (Martina Gedeck), State Security Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Műhe) is briefed to set up strict surveillance on her boyfriend, the famous theatre director Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch). The loyal Stasi man finds that the surveillance process gives him not just an intimate insight into the couple’s lives but will change his own life irrevocably.
Length: 138 minutes
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