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The Lives of Others

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Run Time: 137 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 2006 Language: German with English subtitles

Starring: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch

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.