The Lives of Others

 

"Four stars (R)

Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Muehe

Exceptional tale of redemption in an oppressive environment, set in 1984 East Berlin, where a member of the powerful and ruthless Stasi, Capt. Gerd Wiesler (Muehe), finds himself slowly growing interested — too interested — in the lives of the people he is secretly monitoring. This is a rich piece of work that starts off all cool and distant and gradually reveals its heart without ever succumbing to sentimentality. 137 minutes.

DVD INFO: Includes an interview with and a commentary track by director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, a making-of featurette, plus deleted scenes.

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