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The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others
The Lives of Others
The Lives of Others
  • R
  • 2h 18m
  • 2006
Certified Fresh92%
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This critically-acclaimed, Oscar®-winning film (Best Foreign Language Film, 2006) is an erotic, emotionally-charged experience. 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.
© 2006 Wiedemann & Berg Film Produktion GmbH & Co. KG. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh92%
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.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Art battles duty in bracing German spy thriller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even if kids were interested in this subtitled German film, it's not for them. Set in the oppressive world of communist East Germany in the 1980s, it features psychological cruelty (including interrogation tactics like sleep deprivation) and one unexpected, violent death. A character's suicide prompts discussion about the government's efforts to cover up suicide rates in East Germany during the 1980s. There's also some fairly mature sexual material (a couple undresses and kisses in preparation for lovemaking, a man has an interlude with a nude prostitute, a government official crudely gropes a disinterested woman). Characters smoke lots of cigarettes and drink liquor.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:December 1, 2006
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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