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Barbara

  • Film
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars
Christian Petzold (‘Yella’) won the Best Director prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival for this subdued mystery about Barbara (Nina Hoss), a woman in 1980s rural East Germany who arrives from the city to work as a doctor, and lives a double life as a political operative. The film’s thriller tendencies are buried beneath a more low-key study of love and loyalties as Barbara is pulled between a chance to escape and her concern for her patients. This is coupled with the allure of a new friendship with André (Ronald Zehrfeld), a fellow doctor who also buries his secrets deeply. Petzold’s portrait of Germany in this period is subtle, and Hoss gives a discreet, thought-provoking performance. 
Written by Dave Calhoun

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 28 September 2012
  • Duration:105 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Christian Petzold
  • Screenwriter:Christian Petzold, Harun Farocki
  • Cast:
    • Nina Hoss
    • Ronald Zehrfeld
    • Rainer Bock
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