This film takes place in the early 1980’s during the Stasi era. The minister of culture becomes interested in a popular actress, Christa-Maria Sieland, and instructs Wiesler to observe Christa-Maria and her dramatist companion Georg Dreyman. Wiesler bugs their apartment and begins listening in on their lives. Over time, however, their life fascinates him and he gets more and more involved. 2006, 137 minutes, MPAA rating: R , German soundtrack with English subtitles.