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½ January 10, 2017
Hard to follow at first, but comes together in a powerful way by the end.
January 1, 2017
Spellbinding. I haven't seen a movie this good in quite awhile.
December 29, 2016
another piece of great german production, very exhausted description of STASI methods, but some too boring scenes maked me sleepy...finally very paradoxical...
August 15, 2016
While watching TLoO, a beloved Oscar winner that is fine but not worth the fuss, I can't help but compare it to the much superior "The Conversation". Even with strong themes on the relationship between an audience and a story, the tension between truth and love, and the theory of the butterfly effect, it never quite mosey's above passable. An achingly slow and emotionally distant drama that is nonetheless fairly intriguing.
August 7, 2016
Exquisite scene exposed both intense dilemma and intrigued actings of each characters. This art work does not only express political view but also proves that humanity can be remained even in harsh period.
½ July 23, 2016
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.
May 27, 2016
A powerful movie which reminds me of American History X's soul transformation process of its protagonist.
½ April 21, 2016
A drama so good cannot be missed for anything. A thriller like this has its own grip on you. There are moments when you feel genuine concern for the characters.
Must watch.
½ April 4, 2016
Heart wrenching. A fascinating look at the lives of those in cold war East Berlin. No on is innocent, so who is to say who is guilty?
Super Reviewer
March 29, 2016
The depth and poignancy of The Lives of Others makes it an unforgettable masterpiece, and this film is nothing less than one of the best I've ever seen. Kudos to the late Ulrich Muhe for his performance of a lifetime.
½ March 8, 2016
The direction is plain to the point of boredom, but the screenplay is pretty cool in its complex, novelistic structure, even if it's a bit obvious about its themes at times. Didn't blow me away, but it's a good story.
February 28, 2016
Simply one of the best films I've ever seen. The Lives of Others isn't your typical cloak and dagger drama. The direction and acting are hand-in-hand flawless. The story is slow but unfolds in riveting fashion. A masterpiece plain and simple.
February 5, 2016
Filme sensacional! Merecido Oscar de melhor filme estrangeiro!
January 3, 2016
Last thirty mins are horrendous but otherwise a really good film.
December 19, 2015

East Berlin, 1984. The Cold War is still raging and the communist bloc does not trust its own citizens. A Secret Police agent is tasked with conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover. Over time, rather than being coldly distant, he finds himself being absorbed by their private lives...

A great examination of life in East Germany during Communist rule, and how empathy can overcome fascism. Perfect ending.

Great performances all round, especially from the three main actors - Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Muhe and Sebastian Koch.

Well deserved its Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2007, and should have been nominated for more than just that.
December 13, 2015
The Lives of Others is a very moody film. It has a dark, smoky atmosphere and very serious, melodramatic characters. They very rarely have fun. The film is somber and serious. The connections between the characters are amazing and the policeman's turn from investigator to sympathizer is very satisfying, even though the movie is pretty sad.
November 27, 2015
Beautiful film. Very suspenseful, romantic, though-provoking, realistic, entertaining, and just a treasure of filmmaking.
November 13, 2015
Intelligent thriller with historical and realistic themes
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