The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others

By Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

  • Genre: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  • Release Date: 2007-04-13
  • Advisory Rating: 15
  • Runtime: 2h 17min
  • Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
  • Production Company: Creado Film
  • iTunes Price: GBP 5.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 3.49
From 2,231 Ratings


In this outstanding Oscar winning, psychological and political thriller, we get a fascinating insight into the lengths and depths that the East European government went to in order to keep tabs on the lives of its population in the 80s. When cold and brutal official Wesler is given the task of spying on acclaimed playwright Dreyman and his actress girlfriend, he relishes the task, knowing that if he uncovers subversive behaviour he will gain favour with his boss. But the longer he listens in on the couple, their friendships, passions and ideas, the more he realises that his own life and the harsh political regime are lacking in colour and joy in many respects. Slowly he begins to doubt the morality of his job and politics. As the lines between orders and compassion become blurred, Wesler becomes more involved with his subject, walking a dangerous path between his duty and his new found reality.




  • Awesome

    By Steviep18
    Even the subtitles couldn't detract me away from this film which just draws you in, great story, great acting, great ending....
  • Fantastic insight....

    By all these names cant be taken1
    into life under a hardline socialst Government.
  • Forever Great

    By 79Ferguson
    Watched this film everyday for a month. No surprise, I adore the cinematography
  • Outstanding

    By Global001
  • Stunning

    By Niki128ffc
    My absolute favourite film. Love it to pieces and recommend it to loads of people. I was told to watch it by a friend and thought it looked strange. Totally worth it though…ever second of it.
  • The Lives Of Others

    By Sid Bloggs
    This is a wonderful film. The characters are completely believable and they slowly but surely draw you into their now-vanished world of East Berlin in the mid-1980's. Now, you can stay at lovely hotels in the former East Berlin (I know, we've stayed in one) and it all seems a very long time ago; but it isn't - it is in the lifetime of all but children. Short of going to the DDR museum in Berlin, this film brings it to life in a very realistic (and thankfully, temporary) way. The final seconds of the film will have you reaching for a hanky. Marvellous.
  • The past is still with us

    By moonacre
    I have bought this many times for friends. Powerful,potent and sadly still very relavent in a world that still loves to censore and control.
  • Unpleasant

    By Dunk_N_Babs
    Starts well, you get used to the subtitles quiet quickly but after awhile get it darker and I couldn't watch it.
  • Wow _ thrilling

    By Caddies104
    Did not think this would be as good as it was, being subtitled, but kept you on edge all through the film.. Would certainly watch again..
  • best movie of 2006

    By bigal63
    Thank You, a freebie on Orange and a truly moving and stunningly acted film. Taken me ages to get round to this but worth the wait. Please watch so we get more movies like this and less Scooby Doo!!