At once a political thriller and human drama, THE LIVES OF OTHERS begins in East Berlin in 1984, five years before Glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall and ultimately takes us to 1991, in what is now the reunited Germany. The film traces the gradual disillusionment of Captain Gerd Wiesler, a highly skilled officer who works for the Stasi, East Germany's all-powerful secret police. His mission is to spy on a celebrated writer and actress couple, Georg Dreyman and Christa-Maria Sieland.This critically-acclaimed, Oscar®-winning film (Best Foreign Language Film, 2006) is the erotic, emotionally-charged experience Entertainment Weekly called "a nail-biter of a thriller!"
This movie swept the awards circuit when it debuted, and we're thrillled to offer it to our audiences once again.
3 day rental • R • 137 min. • German with subtitles
“Von Donnersmarck has crafted the best kind of movie: one you can’t get out of your head.”
— Rolling Stone
“THE LIVES OF OTHERS is a powerful but quiet film, constructed of hidden thoughts and secret desires.”
— Roger Ebert
“Of the many things that happen in this surprising, sad and astonishing movie, none is more staggering than Wiesler's evolution from lowly bureaucratic beetle to humanist.”
— Philadelphia Inquirer