The Lives of Others

The first hour of Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ’s 2006 film The Lives of Others is masterful. The atmosphere is taut and cold. There is no room to breathe and so the slightest gesture becomes significant. Ulrich Mühe’s performance as the Stasi officer Gerd Wiesler is delicate and nuanced. It seems as if his skin would be cold to the touch, but you can see a glimmer of sadness behind his eyes.

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