YMMV: The Lives of Others

  • Crowning Moment of Funny: The jokes about Erich Honecker, the General Secretary of East Germany, are inherently funny, especially if you're from the East or knowledgeable of life there.
    'Early in the morning, Honecker arrives at his office and opens his window. He sees the sun and says: "Good morning, dear Sun!" The sun replies: "Good morning, dear Erich!" Honecker works, and then at noon he heads to the window and says: "Good day, dear Sun!" The sun replies: "Good day, dear Erich!" In the evening, Erich calls it a day, and heads once more to the window, and says: "Good evening, dear Sun!" The sun is silent. Honecker says again: "Good evening, dear Sun! What's the matter?" The sun replies: "Kiss my arse. I'm in the West now."'
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Dreyman says "my place is safe" to Paul in the park. Sure, he didn't know it, but Wiesler was the one keeping it safe.
    • Look carefully at the young man handing Wiesler the earpiece saying "the Wall has fallen." It's the same guy who told the joke in the canteen.
    • In Dreyman's play, at the very beginning, Christa-Maria's character says, "Why am I not spared these visions?" This could reference any number of things that happen in the film, but considering it cuts to Wiesler immediately after, it could be a reference to his being conflicted between protecting Dreyman and fulfilling his duty to the Stasi.
  • Tear Jerker: Many moments, especially Christa-Maria's death. Also, the softspoken ending often has people blubbering.
    Bookstore cashier: Would you like it [the book] giftwrapped?
    Wiesler: No, it's for me.