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The Lives of Others 2006

9.3

I saw this movie about a month ago, and I can’t stop seeing it again every weekend. It’s so heartbreaking. Wiesler, an officer of the Stasi, is designated to spy on a playwright and his girlfriend because the State Security has doubts about their loyalty. However after a while Wiesler becomes absorbed in Dreyman and his girlfriend’s lives and that’s when the empathy and the human component surge to be confronted with orders, and the realities of the time.

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s film is a melodrama , quietly affecting, quietly chilling, quietly quiet. It captures the drab architecture of totalitarianism, the soul-dead buildings of a soul-dead state and the haunted freedom in that time.

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  • Genre

    Drama
  • Starring

    Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Mühe
  • Directed by

    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  • Written by

    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck