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Das Leben der Anderen
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The Lives of Others (2006) More at IMDbPro »Das Leben der Anderen (original title)

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A couple of scenes of sexual intercourse. In one scene, a major character is seen having sex with a prostitute while seated in a chair and she is straddling him. In another scene the protagonist is having sex with his girlfriend. In both of these scenes we see breasts and buttocks.

There are two scenes with a major female character taking a shower, and she is shown mostly from the rear.

There is a scene where a woman is being forced to have intercourse with a powerful official of the state in the back seat of his limousine. The official is seen opening her blouse and grabbing her breast while forcing a kiss upon her, and then pulling down his pants. His bare buttocks are shown briefly and then the scene cuts away.

A character commits suicide, but it's only talked about.

A character wanders into the street (in what seems to be suicide) and is hit by a fast-moving truck and is later shown with several visible injuries and is bleeding profusely with a big pool of blood on the street. Depressing, but not violent (2,5-5)

The movie dialog is in German with subtitles. There is one scene where an angry character is seen exclaming "Scheie!" and the word "S***!" is printed as a subtitle.

Quite a few of the adult characters smoke during the movie. The major female character is seen taking some sort of drug in a pill form, but it is not clear what the drug is or whether it is really illegal or not - the context is that the state would prohibit her from taking this particular drug but not necessarily because it is immoral.

The protagonist and another character are sharing a drink from a bottle. The gentleman has several other bottles there as well. The protagonist lights up a cigarette at this time also.

There are several scenes where characters drink cocktails. In one scene two of the major characters are in a quiet bar, and the male drinks two shots of vodka while the female drinks a shot of cognac. There is no scene in the movie where anyone is shown to be intoxicated.

One intense scene very early in the movie when a prisoner deprived of sleep is being interrogated and is seen breaking down when threatened with the arrest of his wife and the institutionalization of his children.

The film does get a bit depressing at times and has the overall feeling of militant oppression when the Nazi's were in power.

During a class scene of would-be interrogators, taught by a senior and respected Stasi interrogator, a student asks a question that shows sympathy to the prisoners plight. The instructor then makes a mark on the seating chart where this student is sitting perhaps to keep an eye on this student as a possible prisoner sympathizer or of the wrong character to do the job well.

Another intense scene is where the female lead is hit and killed by a large truck. Her lover picks her up for a final goodbye and is sobbing as he holds her lifeless body.

14+. Not too intense. The sexual activity hasn't got full frontal nudity and the intercourse is not explicit. Only one scene of violence. Although the movie deals with a mature subject.

Rated R for some sexuality/nudity

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