Rent The Lives of Others (2006)

4.2 of 5 from 1293 ratings
2h 12min
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In this outstanding psychological and political thriller, we get a fascinating insight into the lengths and depths that the East European government went to in order to keep tabs on the lives of its population in 80's. When cold and brutal official Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe) is given the task of spying on acclaimed playwright Dreyman (Sebastian Koch) and his actress girlfriend, he relishes the task, knowing that if he uncovers subversive behaviour he will gain favor with his boss. But the longer he listens in on the couple, their friendships, passions and ideas, the more he realises that his own life and the harsh political regime are lacking in color and joy in many respects.
Slowly he begins to doubt morality of is job and politics. As the lines between orders and compassion become blurred, Wiesler becomes more involved with his subject, walking a dangerous path between his duty and his new found reality.
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Quirin Berg, Hubert von Spreti, Max Wiedemann
Voiced By:
Klaus Münster
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Julio Chávez
Das Leben Der Anderen
Lionsgate Films
Drama, Thrillers
Germany, Top 100 Films, Drama, Thrillers

2008 BAFTA Best Foreign Film

2007 Oscar Best Foreign Film

Release Date:
Run Time:
132 minutes
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • Extended and Deleted Scenes
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Making Of "The Lives of Others"
  • Original Stasi Devices Gallery
  • Audio Commentary on Feature and Deleted Scenes by Writer and Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Release Date:
Run Time:
138 minutes
  • Audio Commentary by Writer and Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  • Extended and Deleted Scenes with optional Audio Commentary by Writer and Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Making Of "The Lives of Others"
  • Original Stasi Devices Gallery

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Reviews (17) of The Lives of Others

Facing up to Stalinism - The Lives of Others review by Kurtz

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A heartfelt and moving account of life in the DDR. Stately and impresive rather than a gripping Bruce-a thon, it boasts nonetheless some intensely watchable performances from top German stage actors. The fact that some people had the courage to speak out against an all-seeing, all-knowing regime who had the power to ruin the life of anyone who stood against them is hard to take in when you've grown up taking everyday freedoms for granted, but the key message of "The Lives of Others" is that the desire for personal freedom is contagious and that no-one is immune.

8 out of 9 members found this review helpful.

privilaged to view such a rare and fascinating film - The Lives of Others review by AC

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At first I thought the film would be dissapointing as it seemed slow and grey! Good job we stuck with it. First impressions were setting the atmosphere for the unfolding narrative for a time that is alien to our society now. The characters are well portrayed, the twists to the plot are subtle and the storyline kept the viewer entralled. By the credit role we couldn't believe our luck in coming across such a fabulous film, my 16 year old son thoroughly enjoyed it.

6 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Gripping - The Lives of Others review by RP

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Set in 1984 East Berlin the film is German, with subtitles. But please don't let that put you off - it's superb. That's why it won the 2007 Oscar for 'Best Foreign Language Film' and why it's currently (Jan 2012) at #56 on the IMDB Top 250. Slow moving, yes – but gripping. It tells the tale of a Stasi security police captain (Gerd Wiesler, played by Ulrich Mühe) who is assigned to surveillance duty on an author and his actress girlfriend. But it soon emerges that this is being done for the advantage of a high ranking party official and Weisler becomes aware of the bleakness of his own life, the hypocrisy of the state machinery, and the need to do something. By his actions he assists in the publication of an article in the West German press, ruins his own career, and is the indirect cause of the death of the woman. A really excellent drama – highly recommended. 5/5 stars.

6 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

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