The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) - 2006 German film directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. In this Oscar-winning (Best Foreign Language Film 2006) - 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. Before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's population was closely monitored by the State Secret Police or Stasi. When a corrupt government official falls for the renowned pro-Socialist playwright Georg Dreyman's stunning actress girlfriend, an ambitious Stasi policeman is ordered to bug the writer's apartment to gain incriminating evidence against him. What the officer discovers is about to dramatically change their lives - as well as his own. Stars Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe and Sebastian Koch. Rated R for some sexuality/nudity, 138 minutes. Optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish.