The Lives of Others is about a horrifying, sometimes unintentionally funny system of observation in former East Germany. It is the early 1980s and the successful dramatist Georg Dreyman and his longtime companion Christa-Maria Sieland, a popular actress, are big intellectual stars in the socialist state. But they secretly don’t always think in terms that are loyal to the party line. One day, the Minister of Culture becomes interested in Christa. As a result secret service agent Wiesler is instructed to observe and sound out the couple and their life fascinates him more and more.