The Lives of Others (2006)
Starring: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Run Time: 138 minutes
This film takes place in East Germany during the 1970’s. The filmmakers convey through effective lighting and setting the soullessness of communism during the Cold War era. The Stasi (East Germany’s secret police) monitor the lives of all those perceived to be subversive. Weisler is the archetypical agent assigned to watch Georg a prominent author and his actress girlfriend Christa. Weisler’s superior sees exposing Georg as way of advancing their careers. As Weisler’s surveillance of Georg, Christa and his cronies progresses he learns every intimate detail of their lives. Georg is the antithesis of the repressive East German regime. Weisler inexplicably begins to admire Georg and goes to lengths to protect him. Weisler is faced with few options, none of them to his liking.