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Barbara (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama | 8 March 2012 (Germany)
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A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital.

Director:

Christian Petzold

Writers:

Christian Petzold (screenplay), Harun Farocki (collaborator on screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Hoss ... Barbara
Ronald Zehrfeld ... André
Rainer Bock ... Klaus Schütz
Christina Hecke ... Assistenzärztin Schulze
Claudia Geisler-Bading ... Stationsschwester Schlösser (as Claudia Geisler)
Peter Weiss Peter Weiss ... Medizinstudent
Carolin Haupt Carolin Haupt ... Medizinstudentin
Deniz Petzold Deniz Petzold ... Angelo
Rosa Enskat Rosa Enskat ... Hausmeisterin Bungert
Jasna Fritzi Bauer ... Stella
Peer-Uwe Teska ... Kellner im Ausflugslokal
Elisabeth Lehmann Elisabeth Lehmann ... Junge Kellnerin
Mark Waschke ... Jörg
Peter Benedict Peter Benedict ... Gerhard
Thomas Neumann Thomas Neumann ... Rentner am Auto
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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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A Mesmerisingly Taut Showcase. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual material, thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »

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Filmed in chronological order. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

André: Doctor Wolff will be working with us. She is from Berlin... from the Charite Hospital, and has decided...
Assistenzärztin Schulze: We have introduced ourselves.
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Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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A Quiet, Simple, and Elegant Film
14 September 2013 | by yagianSee all my reviews

I visited Eastern Europe, Berlin, Prague, and Budapest, in March 1990. At that time, the Berlin Wall had already been fallen down, but Germany had not reunited yet.

People could freely come and go over the borders between East and West Germany. I went through Checkpoint Charlie to East Berlin, and I visited retro-future TV tower and saw Ladas running on street.

In a night train from Berlin to Prague, I asked a passenger who sat next to me if Germany would reunite in a year, and he answered that he didn't believe it would happen so early. In fact, Germany reunited in October 1990.

Although I actually visited East Berlin, now, it is hardly for me to believe that the half of Germany was a communist state just twenty-three years ago.

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"Barbara" is a German film about people living in East Germany in 1980. Barbara is a female doctor, who was watched by the secret police.

It is one of the greatest German films that I have ever seen. There is no exaggeration and omission in this film. Every element in it is necessary, and I couldn't find that any things were unnecessary.

This film is very quiet, because there is no background music. That makes audience concentrated in every tiny sound. Barbara was always nervous about the secret police, so she got surprised when the doorbell started to ring, and the audience also got really surprised with the sound of the doorbell, and fully understood her emotion.

Nina Hoss, as Barbara, was also great and attractive. She didn't overplay at all, but accurately expressed how Barbara felt in her mind. After seeing her performance, most actors and actress became to look unnatural.

This film is a quiet, simple, and elegant. If you love films, I strongly recommend you to see it.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

8 March 2012 (Germany) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,410, 23 December 2012

Gross USA:

$1,013,902

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,889,185
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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