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12,102 Ratings

The Lives of Others

Das Leben der Anderen

Germany, 2006
Drama, Thriller, History


In 1984, Communist East Germany, every kind of human action is strictly controlled and monitored by the government. Captain Gerd Wiesler is one of the top agents of the state police, and for his next mission he must spy on a playwright who may be a threat to the government…

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The Lives of Others Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2007 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Locarno International Film Festival

2006 | 2 wins including: Audience Award

Independent Spirit Awards

2007 | Winner: Best Foreign Film

Critics reviews

The fictional story here, set between 1984 and 1991, focuses on the investigation of a popular and patriotic playwright (Sebastian Koch); that the captain assigned to his case (touchingly played by Ulrich Mühe) is mainly sympathetic and working surreptitiously on the playwright’s behalf only makes this more disturbing.
February 16, 2007
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