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The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others

Before the Fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's Secret Police Listened to Your Secrets
  • If only I had a video camera as well...

This multi-award winning movie is set in the German Democratic Republic in 1984, and big brother was certainly watching. A government minister has his eye on an actress, and orders her boyfried to be investigated, as a way of getting rid of him. So an agent is assigned to monitor what happens in their apartment, using bugging equipment. The agent, a dedicated man, eventually finds himself becoming involved in the romantic triangle, as the conversations he hears slowly awaken him to the fact that his job had brainwashed him. At the time of writing it comes in at number 69 on the IMDB's list of 250 top movies. In German language with English subtitles.


133 minutes, No persons under 13 (Sex, Nudity)
Drama, Romance, On the art circuit

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Credits
Cast
Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Hans-Uwe Bauer
Director
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
ScreenplayFlorian Henckel von Donnersmarck
MusicStéphane Moucha, Gabriel Yared
CinematographyHagen Bogdanski
EditingPatrica Rommel
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2006
Produced byBayerischer Rundfunk, Creado Film, Widermann & Berg Filmproduktion, arte

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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
Cape Argus/The StarDiane de Beer quote icon 15
Cape TimesKenneth Turan quote icon 15
Mail & GuardianShaun de Waal16
The CitizenLeon van Nierop quote icon 16
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge quote icon 15
24.comIvan Sadler quote icon 20
International Media
BBC (UK)Stella Papamichael quote icon 15
Box Office (USA)Kevin Courrier quote icon 20
eye Weekly (Canada)Liz Clayton quote icon 15
ReelViews (USA)James Berardinelli quote icon 18
Rolling Stone (US)Peter Travers quote icon 18
Metacritic.com38 critics18
RottenTomatoes.com135 critics17
RottenTomatoes.comTomatometer quote icon 19
Internet (IMDB)19923 Netizens quote icon 17
Average .. 85%17


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