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Barbara (I) (2012)

 -  Drama  -  8 March 2012 (Germany)
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A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital.

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Claudia Geisler-Bading ...
Stationsschwester Schlösser (as Claudia Geisler)
Peter Weiss ...
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Carolin Haupt ...
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Deniz Petzold ...
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Rosa Enskat ...
Hausmeisterin Bungert
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Peer-Uwe Teska ...
Kellner im Ausflugslokal
Elisabeth Lehmann ...
Junge Kellnerin
Mark Waschke ...
Jörg
Peter Benedict ...
Gerhard
Thomas Neumann ...
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In 1980s East Germany, Barbara is a Berlin doctor banished to a country medical clinic for applying for an exit visa. Deeply unhappy with her reassignment and fearful of her co-workers as possible Stasi informants, Barbara stays aloof, especially from the good natured clinic head, Andre. Instead, Barbara snatches moments with her lover as she secretly prepares to defect one day. Despite her plans, Barbara learns more about her life that puts her desires and the people around her in a new light. With her changing perspective, Barbara finds herself facing a painful moral dilemma that forces her to choose what she values. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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germany | east germany | 1980s | doctor | stasi | See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual material, thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »
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Germany's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »

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Andre hands Barbara a cup of coffee, which she promptly drops. You see the shattered pieces of the cup on the floor, but no coffee. See more »

Soundtracks

At Last I Am Free
Written by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards
Performed by Chic
(c) Sony/ATV Songs LLC / Bernard's Other Music
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A Somber and Compelling Film
29 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BARBARA may be a little too slow and humorless for many tastes, but it's one of those films that's so real it hardly seems like a film at all. You have to admire the stark realism here. Whether you want to go there or not, this film truly takes you to a secluded province of East Germany, 1980. BARBARA affords an acute look at the inside of a totalitarian state. While it doesn't show a whole lot in this regard, what it does is shown most effectively. The lack of any soundtrack--something I didn't even notice while viewing but that one of the reviews on Amazon pointed out--only adds to BARBARA's immediacy. Quietly immersing, with a real surprise at the end. Excellent cinematography and fine acting by all.


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