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Barbara (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama | 8 March 2012 (Germany)
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 ...
Medizinstudent
Carolin Haupt ...
Medizinstudentin
Deniz Petzold ...
Angelo
Rosa Enskat ...
Hausmeisterin Bungert
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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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Rated PG-13 for some sexual material, thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »
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When André and Barbara are bike-riding, they have a break and André suggests a ride to the beach. The relative positions of André and Barbara on the bike path vary depending whether the shot is from behind André's position or from in front of Barbara. See more »

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Nocturne g-moll Opus 15 No. 3
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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Quiet... too quiet
25 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

It's 1980 East Germany. Dr Barbara Wolff (Nina Hoss) is new in the backwaters hospital. She has isolated herself from all her colleagues. The secret police Stasi is keeping track of her for applying for an exit visa and she lost her job at a prestigious hospital in East Berlin. She can trust nobody even the chief doctor Reiser. There is a patient named Stella that has developed an attachment to Barbara. She is pregnant and is desperate to flee to the West.

I love the idea of this story. This should be a tense thriller of paranoia and fear. Instead this is slow moving, reserved emotionally and quiet. The long takes, medium shots, and the stoic performances strip the movie of its tension. The fact that she is holding her feelings so tightly may be fitting for the story. It doesn't always allow people to feel her fears. It's a specific way to do this story and it works on that level.


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