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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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A Story of Love and Subterfuge with Simmering Intelligence. 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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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

According to Christia Petzold, Barbara is the first chapter of his trilogy called "Love in Times of Oppressive Systems". The trilogy also includes Phoenix (2014) and Transit (2018). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Nocturne g-moll Opus 15 No. 3
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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Little Known
7 March 2015 | by steven98664See all my reviews

I like this little known story of East Germany. For those of us the correct age, older, we may know a lot about the Wall, EG, etc. Maybe not. Well, this drops you right in it. Who were the Stasi, this is all about that.

When I visited the museum at Brandenburg Tor, I am not sure it impacted me as much as things I've found out afterwards.

I am not sure this movie will impact you unless you know enough about the history in EG. I mean it doesn't really make sense because they don't lay down the frame work of the society of the time there and the perception of the West. It is just an immersion.

Well the lead character and the spy like nature of the film make it thumbs up for me. The side stories of the patients, the girl, the stasi all interest me.

Ron Z is new to me and though he has a simple part, I like his work. Ranier Bock is a great villain as always. Nina Hoss is really wonderful. I have seen her in other English language films, but here she really shines.


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