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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
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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