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A man who has devoted his life to ferreting out "dangerous" characters is thrown into a quandary when he investigates a man who poses no threat in this drama, the first feature from German filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. It's 1984, and Capt. Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe) is an agent of the Stasi, the East German Secret Police. Weisler carefully and dispassionately investigates people who might be deemed some sort of threat to the state. Shortly after Weisler's former classmate, Lt. Col. Grubitz (Ulrich Tukur), ...

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Sivvie

Dec 1, 2009

A just about perfect film.

This is a suspenseful, tightly-crafted, almost perfect film. The director, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck portrays the greyness of the times in East Berlin a few years before the fall of the Berlin Wall with a dab hand, managing to create an intensity that is both exciting yet not out of hand for the viewer. It is 'edge-of-seat' drama, beautifully acted by Ulrich Muhe as Capt. Weisler who listens into the bugged apartment of Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch), renowned writer and playwright. As the plot unfolds, the director gradually draws the viewer into some sort of sympathy for the Capt. while at the same time, keeping fears for Georg Dreyman and his friends firmly in the emotions. The lovely Martina Gedeck (of Mostly Martha) is Georg's love interest whose involvement with those high up in the system adds dark dimensions to the plot.
Unlike many other films where the plot falters towards the end, 'The Lives Of Others' moves winningly towards the surprising twist in the last few frames.
Beautifully acted by all and stunningly directed, there doesn't seem an extraneous moment in this completely satisfying film. One viewing is not enough - the viewer will want more.

BABEEE98

Nov 6, 2008

GR8 MOVIE

SUPER MOVIE ABOUT EAST GERMANY BACK IN THE DAYS. WELL DONE..FLAWLESS. GREAT ACTING..DESERVED THE OSCAR.. FABULOUS ENDING. IT IS ' NT A MOVIE FOR EVERYDAY PEOPLE....YOU HV TO KNOW THE HISTORY OF EAST GERMANY TO APPRECIATE THIS MOVIE.

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