The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others (2006)

8.4 336,216
R
2h 17min
Drama Mystery Thriller

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

The Lives of Others (2006)

8.4 336,216
R
2h 17min
Drama Mystery Thriller

Stars: Martina Gedeck Ulrich Mühe Sebastian Koch

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

StoryLine

Gerd Wiesler is an officer with the Stasi, the East German secret police. The film begins in 1984 when Wiesler attends a play written by Georg Dreyman, who is considered by many to be the ultimate example of the loyal citizen. Wiesler has a gut feeling that Dreyman can't be as ideal as he seems, and believes surveillance is called for. The Minister of Culture agrees but only later does Wiesler learn that the Minister sees Dreyman as a rival and lusts after his partner Christa-Maria. The more time he spends listening in on them, the more he comes to care about them. The once rigid Stasi officer begins to intervene in their lives, in a positive way, protecting them whenever possible. Eventually, Wiesler's activities catch up to him and while there is no proof of wrongdoing, he finds himself in menial jobs - until the unbelievable happens.

Cast

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Actors

  • Martina Gedeck

    Martina Gedeck

    Christa-Maria Sieland
  • Ulrich Mühe

    Ulrich Mühe

    Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler
  • Sebastian Koch

    Sebastian Koch

    Georg Dreyman
  • Ulrich Tukur

    Ulrich Tukur

    Oberstleutnant Anton Grubitz
  • Thomas Thieme

    Minister Bruno Hempf
  • Hans-Uwe Bauer

    Paul Hauser
  • Volkmar Kleinert

    Volkmar Kleinert

    Albert Jerska
  • Matthias Brenner

    Matthias Brenner

    Karl Wallner
  • Charly Hübner

    Charly Hübner

    Udo
  • Herbert Knaup

    Herbert Knaup

    Gregor Hessenstein
  • Bastian Trost

    Häftling 227
  • Marie Gruber

    Marie Gruber

    Frau Meineke
  • Volker Michalowski

    Volker Michalowski

    Schriftexperte (as Zack Volker Michalowski)
  • Werner Daehn

    Werner Daehn

    Einsatzleiter in Uniform
  • Martin Brambach

    Martin Brambach

    Einsatzleiter Meyer

Details

Genres
Drama Mystery Thriller
Official Website
http://www.sonyclassics.com/thelivesofothers/
Country
Germany
Languages
German
Filming Locations
Gedenkstätte Hohenschönhausen, Hohenschönhausen, Berlin, Germany
Also Known As
The Lives of Others
Budget
$2,000,000
Gross
$77,356,942
Sound Mix
Dolby Digital
Color
Color
Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1
Production Company
Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion
Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)
ARTE
Taglines
Before the Fall of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's Secret Police Listened to Your Secrets
Plot Keywords
stasi
political thriller
secret police
spy
murder