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Barbara
 
 

Directed by Christian Petzold, Germany 2012
105 mins. German dialogue with English sub-titles

WINNER : SILVER BEAR FOR BEST DIRECTION AT 2012 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

 
Summary:
 
Christian Petzold's film is a simmering, impeccably crafted Cold War thriller, starring Nina Hoss as a Berlin doctor banished to a rural East German hospital as punishment for applying for an exit visa.  As her lover from the West carefully plots her escape, Barbara waits patiently and avoids friendships with her colleagues - except for Andre, the hospital's head physician - who is warmly attentive to her.  But even as she finds herself falling for him, Barbara still cannot be sure that Andre is not a spy.  As her defensive wall slowly starts to crumble, she is eventually forced to make a profound decision about her future.  A film of glancing moments and dangerous secrets, it paints a haunting picture of a woman being slowly crushed between the irreconcilable needs of desire and survival.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"It persuades us early on that its aura of political tension and suspicion, its taciturnity, its very strictness of silent observation as it begins, are fostering an intelligent thriller."  (Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic)

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