As director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ('The Tourist') returns with 'Never Look Away' - now showing in our cinemas - rediscover his feature debut, the Oscar-winning 'The Lives of Others' - another tale that makes gripping drama from individuals caught up in the sweep of history.
Before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, East Germany's population was closely monitored by the State Secret Police (Stasi). Only a few citizens above suspicion, like renowned pro-Socialist playwright Georg Dreyman, were permitted to lead private lives.
But when a corrupt government official falls for Georg's stunning actress-girlfriend, Christa, an ambitious Stasi policeman is ordered to bug the writer's apartment to gain incriminating evidence against the rival. Now, what the officer discovers is about to dramatically change their lives - as well as his - in this seductive political thriller.
★★★★★ "European filmmaking at its finest" - Alan Morrison, Empire
★★★★★ "A magnificent tribute to the human soul" - David Gritten, The Telegraph