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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Ulrich Muhe
Sebastian Koch
Martina Gedeck
Directors
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Screenwriters
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Running Time
138 minutes

The Lives Of Others
The film that Oscar likes better than Pan’s Labyrinth


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The Lives Of Others

Plot
East Berlin, 1984. State Security begins surveillance on playwright and, on the surface at least, good socialist Georg Dreyman (Koch). But as the operation progresses, Stasi Captain Wiesler (Mühe) discovers compassion in his stony soul.


Verdict
Already fêted, von Donnersmarck’s debut sets a closely focused, personal story against a more expansive backdrop of politics and power games — a moving, enlightening tale of recent times.


Reviewed by Alan Morrison

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