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The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen)

The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) is a German drama that won an Oscar in 2006 for the Best Foreign Language Film.

This was one of the best movies I have ever seen. It was a wonderful film which had its share of emotion, appropriate eroticism, and conflict that kept me engaged throughout the more than two hours. I watched with English subtitles. (I believe one has the option of French and Spanish subtitles on the DVD .)

The story takes place in East Germany before the collapse of the Berlin Wall. East German citizens were under much scrutiny and were monitored by the Stasi, the State Secret Police. Very few people were exempt from it, unless they were well-known and pro-Socialist.

Georg Dreyman was such a person, as a playwright, who was involved with actress, Christa-Marie Sieland. But when one of the government's officials took a liking to Christa, he ordered that Georg's home be bugged and monitored 24/7 in order to find something on him that could be incriminating.

The Stasi Captain, Gerd Wiesler, was the policeman assigned to this case, but he finds out more than he expected, which resulted in more than anyone might have bargained for, and in an ending that no one might expect.

This is a factually accurate political drama, with much intrigue, and thrilling up to the very end. This is one film that I would watch again and again.

© 2015, Coral Levang All rights reserved.

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Mommyjen wrote on February 17, 2015, 6:11 PM

Sounds like an interesting movie. Is this available in YOutube?

BarbRad wrote on February 17, 2015, 7:31 PM

It sounds like a one that would keep ones eyes glued to the screen. I wonder if there's a book version.

seren3 wrote on February 17, 2015, 9:31 PM

I have often thought of watching this film. Now I certain will!

CoralLevang wrote on February 18, 2015, 12:11 AM

I don't know. I found it at my public library.

CoralLevang wrote on February 18, 2015, 12:12 AM

BarbRad I don't think so. I think it was written for the screen and then a play...or vice versa.

CoralLevang wrote on February 18, 2015, 12:14 AM

seren3 I don't think you will be disappointed. There were times it was a bit "slow," but it was part of the more cerebral/emotional aspect to this film.

JohnRoberts wrote on February 18, 2015, 10:36 AM

I have seen this film. Very good. Fascinating look at East Germany during that period when everyone had to look over their shoulder at the Stasi. How easier life would be today for the Stasi thanks to Facebook.

crowntower wrote on February 18, 2015, 10:49 AM

I hope this drama has a great ending and a happy one. I hate traumatic drama with a tragic ending... heheheh. I always want a happy one because I have seen a lot of broken hearts in real life and I don't want to watch it in any fiction or fantasy movies. God bless.

CoralLevang wrote on February 18, 2015, 10:51 AM

JohnRoberts Yet, so many of us today willingly give up our rights to privacy and wonder why we are so much more vulnerable today.

CoralLevang wrote on February 18, 2015, 10:52 AM

crowntower It is all a matter of perspective. Let's just say that the film has some bittersweet moments.

NorthernLight wrote on February 18, 2015, 11:37 AM

I just looked it up, the film came out in 2006, but not one I have heard of. Sounds good and one I would enjoy.

crowntower wrote on February 18, 2015, 11:39 AM

I love the bittersweet moments part... but did they end up together? Does the bad guys pays for everything?

CoralLevang wrote on February 18, 2015, 2:17 PM

Excellent film, if you don't mind subtitles. Has to be a time when you can concentrate only on the film.