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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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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:

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Barbara cycles to meet the train on her way for the money hand off she rides past a sign that reads "We walk toward the future with optimism." 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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A Somber and Compelling Film
29 December 2013 | by doug_park2001See 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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