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
Where's it showing?
Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Hans-Uwe Bauer
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
|Screenplay||Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck|
|Music||Stéphane Moucha, Gabriel Yared|
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital|
|Produced by||Bayerischer Rundfunk, Creado Film, Widermann & Berg Filmproduktion, arte|
Official Site | IMDB page
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|What the Critics say|
|Cape Argus/The StarDiane de Beer ||15|
|Cape TimesKenneth Turan ||15|
|Mail & GuardianShaun de Waal||16|
|The CitizenLeon van Nierop ||16|
|Sunday TimesBarry Ronge ||15|
|24.comIvan Sadler ||20|
|BBC (UK)Stella Papamichael ||15|
|Box Office (USA)Kevin Courrier ||20|
|eye Weekly (Canada)Liz Clayton ||15|
|ReelViews (USA)James Berardinelli ||18|
|Rolling Stone (US)Peter Travers ||18|
|What the People say|
|IMDB19923 Netizens ||17|
|Average .. 85%||17|
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