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.
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