- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 18 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 21, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital - German
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
- Interviews: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck - Director
- Behind the Scenes: The Making of THE LIVES OF OTHERS
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 2006 -
Best Foreign Language Film
Box Office - 11/01/2006
"[A] fascinating look at the political and psychological underpinnings of communist control in former East Germany....Muhe is remarkably subtle..."
Premiere - 12/01/2006
"A remarkably engrossing thriller concerning the very intimate surveillance that was the bread and butter of the East German secret police in the bad old days of the Cold War."
Film Comment - 01/01/2007
"[N]ever less than intelligent....The proposition that THE LIVES OF OTHERS puts forth, aside from its obvious call to examine the East German era, is both rehabilitative and romantic..."
Rolling Stone - 02/08/2007
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Von Donnersmarck has crafted the best kind of movie: one you can't get out of your head."
New York Times - 02/09/2007
"[A] suspenseful, ethically exacting drama, beautifully realized by the writer and director Florian Henckle von Donnersmarck..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/16/2007
"[U]tterly riveting....The filmmaker's control of story and pacing is so wily, his script so literate, that to reveal much more would interfere with the thrill of the tentacled plot's twists."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 01/01/2007
"THE LIVES OF OTHERS is a moral drama and also an offbeat love story, one that acquires depth from its superb performances."
Total Film - 05/01/2007
5 stars out of 5 -- "An outstanding psychological and political thriller....THE LIVES OF OTHERS examines the chilling realities of existence under a totalitarian system."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2007
"[The film] has a majestic quality. Gabriel Yared's music, Hagen Bodanski's sombre cinematography and, above all, the performances add dignity and pathos."
USA Today - 08/24/2007
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] is creepiest when you stop to think that its story isn't ancient history..."
Empire - 10/01/2007
5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a truthful story...with profound things to say about who and what we really are, and who and what we can choose to be."
Uncut - 11/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] sharply intelligent and impressively sombre suspense drama..."
Cold War |
- Set in East Berlin five years before the fall of the Berlin wall, THE LIVES OF OTHERS explores the ways in which a party loyalist's point of view changes as the result of his surveillance of and immersion in the lives of a playwright and his actress girlfriend.