The Lives of Others Poster

Release Date: February 9th, 2007

R|2 hr 17 min

Plot Summary
In 1983 East Berlin, dedicated Stasi officer Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe), doubting that a famous playwright (Sebastian Koch) is loyal to the Communist Party, receives approval to spy on the man and his actress-lover Christa-Maria (Martina Gedeck). Wiesler becomes unexpectedly sympathetic to the couple, then faces conflicting loyalties when his superior takes a liking to Christa-Maria and orders Wiesler to get the playwright out of the way.

Cast: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Hans-Uwe Bauer, Herbert Knaup, Volkmar Kleinert

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Genres: Historical drama

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics

Keywords: 1980s, Tense, Dark, Quest, Rivalry, Emotional, Love