Starring: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
“The Lives of Others” tells the story of a devoted Stasi (East German Secret Police) officer who is given the job to spy on a famous playwright and collect evidence about his disloyalty to the ruling Party. Being set between 1984 and 1991, the movie provides very realistic insights into the Stasi as well as the time before and after the fall of the Wall.
I highly recommend this captivating thriller because it perfectly captures what I described in “Drivers for Change: Looking for Freedom” https://eastsides.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/drivers-for-change-looking-for-freedom/ (see “Freedom of Speech”). What happened in “The Lives of Others” on a higher level, happened everywhere in East Germany on all levels. One did not have to be a famous to fall victim to the Stasi.