Very well made and executed German spy film, but not set during WWII, or even the 60s or 70s Cold War era - it's set in 1984 & 1985, just before the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. The East German ('GDR') Stasi, through Wiesler (Mühe) and Grubitz (Tukur) are out to get anyone who tries to undermine the GDR and set out to see if Dreyman (Koch), a writer, and Sieland (Gedeck), an actor, are up to anything, since they're artists, so must be! What follows is an interesting view into the lives of these characters, particularly Wiesler, as he listens to everything the two lovers say and becomes enamored with them. Not a lot of action, but plenty of drama and tension and the film never stops moving. Great ending and quite enjoyable.