THE LIVES OF OTHERS (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)

Early 1980s; unawares, the German Democratic Republic is close to its end. Playwright Georg Dreyman is under surveillance; fastidious, by-the-book Stasi member Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe, in a beautifully controlled performance) becomes a captivated eavesdropper, as though Dreyman’s private life were another one of Dreyman’s plays. By degrees Weisler relaxes into Dreyman’s and his own humanity, […]