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The Lives of Others

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Before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's population was closely monitored by the State Secret Police. Gerd Wiesler, an agent of the Stasi, the East German Secret Police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
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Metromix.com
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June 24, 2008

A truly unforgettable movie.
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LarsenOnFilm
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August 05, 2011

The scope is especially impressive given that the movie is about a society obsessively focused on the tiniest of details.
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Houston Chronicle
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March 02, 2007

Its suspense builds on the fragile and nuanced business of emotional rebirth.
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Paste Magazine
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June 09, 2008

Although Henckel von Donnersmarck has a number of genuinely good ideas ... the film is marred by redundancy, indecision and clumsiness.
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Detroit News
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March 02, 2007

A political thriller that's consistently as inventive as it is creepy.
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Daily Telegraph (UK)
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September 26, 2014

Reopens our eyes to the cruelties and soul assassinations that were carried out daily in the name of state socialism.
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Chicago Sun-Times
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September 21, 2007

The Lives of Others is a powerful but quiet film, constructed of hidden thoughts and secret desires.
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Suite101.com
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September 19, 2010

Activism proves tough on people who've thrived at their political patrons' blessings, and one character cruelly chooses a path of least resistance when the chips are down. A cataclysmic conclusion depicts political clamps on expression and emotion.
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Detroit Free Press

March 02, 2007

Few would deny that The Lives of Others is true to its self, and in its depiction of human nature -- and human spirit.
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City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
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August 24, 2009

If the filmmaker commits a crime, it's in pushing the [Stasi] character's rehabilitation slightly too far--about as much as the weight of a teardrop.
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Orlando Sentinel

March 16, 2007

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film is a melodrama in a minor key, quietly affecting, quietly chilling, quietly quiet. It captures the drab architecture of totalitarianism, the soul-dead buildings of a soul-dead state.
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RogerEbert.com
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March 02, 2007

Watch it, and you may get the feeling it's also watching you.
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