Modern Foreign Languages

 (Leben der Anderen, Das)

[cert 15, 137 mins]

The Lives of Others is a political thriller and human drama which begins in East Berlin in 1984, five years before Glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall and ultimately takes us to 1991, in what is now the reunited Germany. The Lives of Others traces the gradual disillusionment of Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe), a highly skilled officer who works for the Stasi, East Germany’s all-powerful secret police. His mission is to spy on a celebrated writer and actress couple, Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch) and Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck).

Director:Florian Henskel von Donnersmarck

Starring:Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch

Level:A2, GCSE

Subjects:General Studies, German, History, Media Studies, Politics