He is one of the best international actors working today and he follows the brilliance of his role in Black Book with the lead here. Dreyman lives in a shabby-genteel, book-filled apartment with his girlfriend Christa-Maria Sieland Martina Gedeck , a renowned actress who often appears in his plays. Congratulations on a well deserved Oscar! I was living the lives of others. The relationships really tug at your heart and the turn of events is entirely unexpected. I could not look at the subtitles a habit of speaking two languages because my eyes were so full of tears.
Suffice to say is that the story is enthralling right down to the very last frame. A final argument for the credibility of the transition is the piano play Georg Dreyman plays after his good friend, the director and writer Albert Jerska, dies: 'die Sonate vom guten Menschen' or 'The sonata of good people'. A must see, I will sing the praises of this film to all I know. And he is in a dilemma now, as he is drawn further and further into the life of Dreman and his girlfriend. The fearful machinery of the Stasi rumbles to life: his movements are recorded, and his apartment bugged. I cannot tell you how I was so sorry I did not experience the wall coming down. I am glad that those times have ended.
As a film it is virtually flawless. Yes, blowing someone's head off makes clear the poor fellow is dead and the other guy is evil and ruthless and needs to be tracked down. What Wiesler did not expect: the intimate view on the world of the ones he's observing changes the snitch as well. I had to see this since it beat out the highly favored Pan's Labyrinth for the Oscar. Ulrich's performance is nothing short of stunning. That was until I saw The Lives of Others.
Martina Gedeck, as his girlfriend, has the most challenging role, since she's buffeted from all sides: by her suspicious partner, by Stasi agents trying to turn her, and by a lecherous Culture Minister. You'll forgive a year of tedious sequels and cash cows, for the one day that films like this get released. Also, this loneliness and 'lack of own life' perfectly illustrate the title of this movie. The film begins in 1984 when Wiesler attends a play Gerd Wiesler is an officer with the Stasi, the East German secret police. He died on July 22, 2007 in Walbeck, Saxony-Anhalt, Federal Republic of Germany. That is all I am prepared to reveal because this film operates on so many levels that I wouldn't know where to begin.
Some of them played an intricate cat-and-mouse game with the Stasi--going just far enough to attract notice, but not so far as to bring about arrest. He is a decent man, and tries to win support for his blacklisted friends. He was an actor and director, known for The Lives of Others 2006 , Der letzte Zeuge 1998 and Funny Games 1997. Another example of why the transformation of Wiesler is so credible, is the fact that he hasn't got a life of his own. In an attempt to further his career, Grubitz wants to impress Cultural Minister Bruno Hempf Thomas Thieme and orders Wiesler to set up an elaborate eavesdropping stakeout to gather information on playwright George Dreyman Sebastian Koch. Wiesler then perfectly realizes that his work is pointless and unethical.
On the surface this can be enjoyed as a taut drama but essentially it is a study of the human condition and the capacity for compassion and humanity exists in even the most inhumane people. The Lives of Others is what film is supposed to do which is to make one think about one's life and the society one is living in. The children have a disease which means they cannot be touched by direct sunlight without being hurt in some way. The acting is superb, the direction impeccable and the world of East Germany meticulously drawn with the viewer respected enough to find his or her own emotional path through the plot. One is a bone-rattling episode in the Stasi canteen in which a young recruit is caught telling a joke about East German premier Erich Honecker. First is Georg Dreyman, a playwright on the verge of celebrating his 40th birthday. Captain Wiesler lives in a non-descript arborited apartment, much like himself.
Where was this film at the Golden Globes? Overwhelmed by how utterly compelling the story was and by how emotive the acting story was. This might well be the most realistic depiction of the dark side of the former East Germany. As I said, without a doubt one of the greatest movies I have ever seen. Yes, taxi driver is a fantastic masterpiece. This totalitarian system is based on a need to know everything about the countries populace of 16 million. Ulrich Muhe, who plays the investigator, is mesmerizing, and the young director is to be applauded for this, his first full-length film. But the system can't be stopped anymore and a dangerous game, which destroys the love of Christa Maria Sieland and Georg Dreymann and Wieslers present existence begins.
One thing relating to the Germans that I am not that big a fan of is their entertainment. The mood and the locations are drab and muted. The movie, although in color, looks as if it were shot in black and white. The performance of the actors are fantastic. After seeing the outstanding Pan's Labyrinth, I could not understand how anything could beat it to the Oscar for Best Film, let alone the accolade of Best Foreign Film. The lead actor, who should be doing The Life Story Of Peter Jennings, was wonderful. The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception, and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but the lives of others as well.