The Lives of Others

2007 Germany

Screening: 14th October 2019

Audience: 133

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From IMDb: 

"In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives."

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5
Brilliant - so gripping - acting great. The muted colours grey & brown reflected the bleakness of the state and lack of hope.
5
Absolutely compelling. A truly great film. Searingly truthful.
5
Very powerful film. Wonderfully acted. Some of us are still scared of "Socialism" and Momentum. JC & JMc
5
I visited East Germany in 1987 and it brought back that strange atmosphere. Best film for a while.
5
Fantastic - I have either read the book or seen this film before.
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- and comrade Corbyn aspires to a marxist utopia
5
Absolutely brilliant but scary.
5
An incredibly thought provoking film! To have the courage to live in those times was quite something. I don't think I could ever be that brave. Well acted and well presented, quite an evening's entertainment. Thank you film selection team!
5
Really excellent film. Our first time here so I hope not just beginner's luck!!!
5
That was just incredible. A stunning film.
5
Fear, suppression and blackmail was used effectively to control peoples lives and was shown vividly in this excellent but depressing account of life in East Berlin. Boy in the lift indicated that a few words from a child's mouth could easily destroy a family. Acting impressive, good and story line full of suspense and humour with such an unexpected and surprising good end to the film.
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Wonderful film.
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OUTSTANDING!
5
Absorbing exploration of surveilance and rottenness of Stasi. Excellent acting by all.
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Absorbing!
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Second viewing for me and as chilling as ever. Tip of the iceberg of surveillance activity, clearly. Excellent pace and good portrayal of the Stasi at work.
5
Superb pace, music, plot, acting and everything else! 10/10
5
Brilliant. It makes me realise just how lucky we have always been. Wonderful, thought provoking and predictably sad.
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Excellent plot and compelling film
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Thebest film of the season. And this really shows how GDR operated.
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Absolutely brilliant. Totally gripping.
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Very realist, clear story telling.
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Superb story and superbly acted
5
Astounding film.
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Very powerful film.
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Very uplifting
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A very thought provoking film and very accurate of how all eastern block countries were run. Peter
5
Another excellent film choice. Direction, acting, cinematography - all excdellent. Moving. Revealing. Makes one glad one isn't in a complete police state yet…
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The Best just like Maurice preview suggested.
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Brilliant! Surprisingly gentle…
5
Not surprising it received so many awards. Fantastic film.
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Gripping story so well acted and directed that you were able to relate to each character. Amazing!
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Excellent choice.
5
German cinema at its best. Harrowing story! Thank God the Wall is down!
5
Fantastic film - scary & moving
5
Stunning from start to finish
5
I hadn't read up or watched any trailers so I wasn't sure what to expect but it was brilliant. Such a sad shock at the end.
5
One of the all time great films about the GDR
5
Teriffic film and great closure
5
A brilliant portrayal of East Germany, dull and grainy with lots of secrecy
5
Really brought history to life. Born in 1985, I knew very little about post war Berlin. I might now read 1984 again soon! & visit Berlin J
5
Thoroughly excellent
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Excellent
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Five stars. Absorbing. Sort of a happy ending as well considering subject.
5
Wonderful, beautiful film. Very thought provoking.
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What a brilliant, thought provoking, moving film
5
Mesmerising & and eye opener on GDR life.
5
Excellent story & acting. Surprise but good ending.
5
Shattering revelations. How can one recover from this history.
5
Educational, thought provoking insight into life in East Germany.
5
We saw the film when it first came out. Just as good the second time. Beautifully acted throughout.
5
A superb film.
5
Absolutely, totally absorbing. Best film I have seen since I joined. Pleased ask people at beginning of evening to SWITCH OFF PHONES
5
A powerful story. Simple cinematography told the story so well. A beautiful ending.
5
Excellent film with fine conclusion.
5
Second time watching the film. It is very powerful. Very clever production.
5
Gripping. "The Good Man" deserved the music.
5
Gripping stuff! Great that there was no retribution.
5
Very well done film. Beautifully filmed.
5
Completely gripping and enthralling portrayal of life under a controlling regime & the spark of humanity in an unexpected place.
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The best film I've seen at Fleet Film! Gripping from 1st second to last. It had an actual end!
5
Amazing, especially if it was director/producer's first film.
5
Exceptional & thought-provoking film. Still thinking about implications.
5
Well paced and taut. It delivered the pay off with aplomb.
5
A brilliant film. Very informative about the events before the fall of the Wall and like in East Germany. Keeping up your high standard
5
Even better on 2nd viewing.
5
Long but absolutely fab. Best film ever. Kept me on edge of seat throughout.
5
Couldn't hear a pin drop! Excellent. Keep them comng.
5
Gripping. Brilliant film.
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BRILLIANT film. Much appreciated
5
An utterly absorbing film - from beginning to end. A wonderful depiction of an appalling period in German history.
4
An accurate insight into life behind the 'Iron Curtain'!
4
Very good film - even though I've seen it before when my son was studying for his German GCSEs in 2008.
4
Thought provoking. Clever plot. Hopeful re humanity & doing what is right. How lucky we are to live in a 'free' society.
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Just as good 2nd time round!
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Very good Quite terrifying scenes at the start of just what surveillance means. This film & "The Capture" TV series make you think about what might be.
4
A bit long. How anitsocial was the socialist state?
2
So slow - worked out what was happening an hour before the end!!