Parents' Guide to

The Lives of Others

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Art battles duty in bracing German spy thriller.

Movie R 2007 137 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Heartfelt, beautiful ensemble cast performence (esp. from late Ulrich Muhe and the stunning Martina Gedeck) - a cinematic period melodrama.

review pending Working on my latest and greatest honest canon of 100 favorite films. This film is included. For parents, two scenes might be problematic - one with malice featuring a prolonged sexual assault taking place in the back of a beaurocrat's limo. The other, without the malice - a shorter but rather explicit sex scene between a male lead and a prostitute. For kids of good maturing for their age 16/17+
age 16+

Amazing but mature

Amazing german spy film that is gripping as well as emotional binding. One of the best made movies of the decade. However, there i some explict sexual conduct with little nudity. There is also a quick scene of violence. But outside of this, I would recommend it to every person I know. Use discresion, but if your teen is mature enough, they should see it.

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Taut and intelligent, The Lives of Others was the German nominee for 2007's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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