Rent The Lives of Others (2006)

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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 80s. When cold and brutal official Wiesler is given the task of spying on acclaimed playwright Dreyman 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. A suspenseful, poignant and utterly compelling film from director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.
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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 Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Actor

2007 Berlinale Silver Bear Jury Prize

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
  • Audio Commentary
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.

Must see - The Lives of Others review by TB

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Another German movie about its recent history and thus also European history. The story takes place in the mid-80's East-Berlin and shows to which lengths the regime went to control and sometimes destroy citizens who weren't "good socialist citizens". Excellent actors and GDR details spot-on. After "Downfall/Der Untergang" and "Sophie Scholl" a German film everone should see.

8 out of 9 members found this review helpful.

Brilliant - The Lives of Others review by WH

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This movie is excellent! I loved every bit of the movie. A real peace of art!! Can't wait to get the DVD.

7 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

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