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Published on Mar 23, 2007
THE LIVES OF OTHERS is a precise and gripping snapshot of the omni-present and much feared secret service of communist East Germany, the Stasi. Set in East Berlin before the fall of the Wall, the East German government kept control over its citizens with a ruthless system of control and surveillance run by the all powerful Stasi. When a high-ranking politician cannot keep his eyes off a celebrated stage actress (Martina Gedeck), State Security Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Műhe) is briefed to set up strict surveillance on her boyfriend, the famous theatre director Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch). The loyal Stasi man finds that the surveillance process gives him not just an intimate insight into the couple's lives but will change his own life irrevocably.
THE LIVES OF OTHERS is being released in UK cinemas on the 13th APril 2007.