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★★★★☆ Winner of the Silver Bear prize at last year's Berlinale and directed by acclaimed German filmmaker Christian Petzold (Yella, Beats Being Dead), Barbara (2012) is a stark yet engrossing drama told against the icy backdrop of the East/West German political divide. Featuring an outstandingly suffocated central performance from the always impressive Nina Hoss, this is an artful, chilly period piece, told with subtlety and restraint through quiet moments of brilliance, rather than heightened emotional sentiment. With it, Petzold once again cements himself as one of contemporary German cinema's brightest lights.

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