This critically-acclaimed, Oscar®-winning film (Best Foreign Language Film, 2006) is the erotic, emotionally-charged experience Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly) calls "a nail-biter of a thriller!" Before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's population was closely monitored by the State Secret Police (Stasi). Only a few citizens above suspicion, like renowned pro-Socialist playwright Georg Dreyman, were permitted to lead private lives. But when a corrupt government official falls for Georg's stunning actress-girlfriend, Christa, an ambitious Stasi policeman is ordered to bug the writer's apartment to gain incriminating evidence against the rival. Now, what the officer discovers is about to dramatically change their lives - as well as his - in this seductive political thriller Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) proclaims is "the best kind of movie: one you can't get out of your head."

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4.5 out of 5
373 Ratings
373 Ratings

92% TOMATOMETER

  • Average 8.3/10
  • Fresh 146
  • Rotten 12

Critics Consensus: Unlike more traditional spy films, The Lives of Others doesn't sacrifice character for cloak and dagger chases, and the performances (notably that by the late Ulrich Muhe) stay with you.

17+ COMMON SENSE

Art battles duty in bracing German spy thriller.

Information

Studio
Sony Pictures Classics
Genre
Foreign
Released
Copyright
© 2006 Wiedemann & Berg Film Produktion GmbH & Co. KG. All Rights Reserved.

Languages

Primary
German (Germany) (Stereo, Dolby 5.1)
Additional
English (Subtitles)

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