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The Lives Of Others

by Paula Champion
Issue No. 2072

The Lives Of Others tells the story of Wiesler, a member of East Germany’s secret police assigned to spy on Georg, a playwright suspected of being critical of the Communist state.

The film brilliantly depicts the emptiness and loneliness of Wiesler’s life in comparison to that of Georg, which is full of parties, friendships and political debate.

In the course of his investigation, Wiesler comes to realise the brutal corruption at its heart, and begins to empathise with Georg.

The film is at times shocking, funny and sad. Its poignant ending points to the potential for people to stand up for others in the most impossible of circumstances.

The Lives Of Others
directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
DVD out now, £19.99

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Tue 9 Oct 2007, 18:07 BST
Issue No. 2072
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