The Lives of Others

This film blends in a tragic love story with the story of a man who is completely dedicated to his job and country.   As the story goes along the man (a respected member of the ever-present government) starts to doubt himself and his duty when a superior crosses the line.  I know, that’s an awful description and that’s ok.   It’s a movie that is tough to describe without saying too much.

All that said….. I adore this film.  The moral dilemma of the member of the Stasi was brewing for much of the movie and finally came to a head near the end.  I read that the actor (who died shortly after the film was made) was active in the same community of artists that are a big part of the film.  After all, artists usually play a large role in change and that certainly happened here.  And finally, the ending.  Simply magnificent.  This is definitely one of my favorite films of all time.

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Movie title: The Lives of Others

Movie description: A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the system.

Date published: 2020-05-02

Director(s): Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Actor(s): Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Volkmar Kleinert, Matthias Brenner, Bastian Trost, Charly Hübner, Herbert Knaup, Marie Gruber, Hinnerk Schönemann, Thomas Arnold, Ludwig Blochberger, Volker Michalowski, Werner Daehn, Martin Brambach, Hubertus Hartmann, Paul Faßnacht, Paul Maximilian Schüller, Susanna Kraus, Michael Gerber, Fabian von Klitzing, Harald Polzin, Sheri Hagen, Gitta Schweighöfer, Hildegard Schroedter, Inga Birkenfeld, Jens Wassermann, Kai Ivo Baulitz, Anabelle D. Munro, Klaus Münster, Gabi Fleming

Genre: Drama, Thriller

My Review

This film blends in a tragic love story with the story of a man who is completely dedicated to his job and country.   As the story goes along the man (a respected member of the ever-present government) starts to doubt himself and his duty when a superior crosses the line.  I know, that’s an awful description and that’s ok.   It’s a movie that is tough to describe without saying too much.

All that said….. I adore this film.  The moral dilemma of the member of the Stasi was brewing for much of the movie and finally came to a head near the end.  I read that the actor (who died shortly after the film was made) was active in the same community of artists that are a big part of the film.  After all, artists usually play a large role in change and that certainly happened here.  And finally, the ending.  Simply magnificent.  This is definitely one of my favorite films of all time.

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