Barbara

  • 12
  • Christian Petzold (2012)
  • Ger (SUB)
  • 100 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Director Christian Petzold's fifth collaboration with muse Nina Hoss often feels like a Douglas Sirk melodrama tinged with a bittersweet "ostalgia" for the repressions and privations of 1980s East Germany. Banished to a clinic in a remote town for requesting a travel visa, Hoss's Berlin doctor hopes to escape to her boyfriend (Mark Waschke) in the West, but is constantly under the surveillance of the Stasi. However, as she treats a suicidal man and a meningitis-stricken teenager, Hoss is drawn to her supervisor (Ronald Zehrfeld), who is torn between his growing affection and his official duties. Tensions mount as the estimable Hoss considers her options, but this is not an outright thriller. Petzold's film also refuses to be a simple denunciation of the GDR regime, with cinematographer Hans Fromm bathing the austere interiors with warm hues that suggest life wasn't always intolerable beyond Checkpoint Charlie.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Nina Hoss. In the summer of 1980, in a quiet town behind the Berlin Wall, a female doctor is planning to defect to West Germany. Still, she finds her resolve weakening as her feelings for a colleague intensify, but she is also aware that he may be a spy.

Cast and crew

Cast

Barbara Wolff
Nina Hoss
André Reiser
Ronald Zehrfeld
Stella
Jasna Fritzi Bauer
Jörg
Mark Waschke
Klaus Scütz
Rainer Bock
Schlösser
Claudia Geisler
Angelo
Deniz Petzold

Crew

Director
Christian Petzold

Other Information

Language: 
German +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Soda
Guidance: 
sexual references
Available on DVD
Released 28 Sep 2012
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama

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