The Lives of Others (2006) - dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Das Leben der Anderen is one of those films that comes around once, maybe twice, a decade. It is a breathtaking example of sheer cinematic perfection. There is no way to tell this story any better. There is no possible room for improvement. It simply is and must be accepted.

Whether or not the story interests you is a different beast, but know full-well that von Donnersmarck has created something wonderful for all of us, something to be studied, pored over, and analyzed. If you haven’t seen this yet, please do yourself a favor and watch it.


The Lives of Others | 2006 | dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

The Lives of Others won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was the feature debut film of writer/director von Donnersmarck. The film stars the late actor Ulrich Mühe (seen above) who died soon after the film’s international run. This gripping, historical drama got a 4-star review from Roger Ebert.

The state office for statistics on Hans-Beimler street counts everything; knows everything: how many pairs of shoes I buy a year: 2.3, how many books I read a year: 3.2 and how many students graduate with perfect marks: 6,347. But there’s one statistic that isn’t collected there, perhaps because such numbers cause even paper-pushers pain: and that is the suicide rate. Das Leben der Anderen / The Lives of Others (2006)