The Lives of Others
Details: (MA15+), 131 mins, Germany,
Synopsis: East Berlin, November 1984. Five years before its downfall, the former East-German government ensured its claim to power with a ruthless system of control and surveillance. Party-loyalist Captain Gerd Wiesler hopes to boost his career when given the job of collecting evidence against a playwright and his girlfriend. He doesn't anticipate the impact that the exercise will have upon him. The immersion in the lives of others – in love, literature, free thinking and speech – causes Wiesler to reevaluate his own outlook; dangerously, it also opens to him an increasingly irresistible new way of life.
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