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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Hoss ... Barbara
Ronald Zehrfeld ... André
Rainer Bock ... Klaus Schütz
Christina Hecke ... Assistenzärztin Schulze
Claudia Geisler-Bading 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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Storyline

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

8 March 2012 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bárbara See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The radio broadcast is of the women's 1500m race (Athletics) of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. (The United States, West Germany, and ~63 other states boycotted the Moscow Games.) 1500m results: Gold: Tatjana Kazankina (USSR), Silver: Christiane Wartenburg (GDR (East Germany)), Bronze: Nadezhda Olisarenko (USSR). Ulrike Bruns (GDR), also mentioned in the broadcast, finished fifth. See more »

Goofs

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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Soundtracks

Cuban Blues
Performed by Dresdner Tanzsinfoniker
Composed by Günter Hörig
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Good for a wet afternoon
13 June 2012 | by cblittleSee all my reviews

The premise for this movie had me very excited when I saw it was part of my Sydney Film Festival subscriber pack. And indeed, it is nicely made, has good atmosphere and is well acted with everyone looking their part. Despite this it falls short of its promise and potential.

Fundamentally, this is a story with too many clichés and an obvious ending that can be picked too early. This diminishes the excellent opening and early scenes. Some of the characters are too exaggerated; especially one overly humble and humanitarian. For me, the medical information, including a particularly speedy diagnosis and some treatments weren't quite on the mark either, but that's more easily forgiven.

If it's a wet cold Sunday and you're looking for something easy to watch, then this will do well enough; but it won't change your life or reveal anything new about life behind the iron curtain.


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