Das Leben der anderen by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
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Sign in. Alex Borstein , RuPaul , and other stars at the Emmys answer our fans' burning questions. Watch now. Title: The Lives of Others A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Details: , Germany, Rest of the world, Cert 15, mins. Direction: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Summary: An actress and her dramatist partner, intellectual stars in the former East Germany, are spied on by secret police under orders from the Ministry of Culture. The Lives of Others is about a Stasi man who shows a little mercy. Impossible, says Anna Funder.
Like the communist witch hunts that spooked Americans in the 50s, the Stasi haunts East Germany in the 80s. They are grey men lurking in the shadows, noting every movement of suspected rebels - stopping just short of the bowel-related variety. It offers a rare and fascinating snapshot of life behind The Berlin Wall. Wiesler's latest mark is celebrated playwright Georg Dreyman Sebastian Koch of Black Book fame , but initially the operation seems futile. From his dingy lair across the street, Wiesler listens to Dreyman and his actress girlfriend Christa-Maria Martina Gedeck either idly chatting or engaging in what's amusingly reported as "various acts of intimacy. By this time it isn't the opposition of the two men but their odd kinship that creates intrigue. An unwitting Dreyman is nudged towards revolt by Wiesler's covert interferences, as both try to protect Christa-Maria from the lascivious clutches of a government minister Thomas Thieme.