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Barbara [DVD]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A German doctor is banished to a remote hospital in East Germany in this drama set at the dawn of the 1980s. At odds with her new surroundings, frustrated doctor Barbara (Nina Hoss) finds comfort only in her secret rendezvous' with her West German paramour Jrg (Mark Waschke). Jrg is currently in the midst of formulating an escape plan for Barbara, and in the meantime the exiled doctor begins working in tandem with chief physician Andre (Ronald Zehrfeld). Despite Andre's outward kindness to her, Barbara resists his overtures. When a pregnant patient named Stella (Jasna Fritzi Bauer) arrives in the hospital infected with meningitis, however, Barbara and Andre begin working closely together to save the life of the young woman and her unborn child. Over time, the barriers between Andre and Barbara begin to fall. But when the time comes for Barbara to flee across the border, it remains uncertain which course of action she will take.
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  • Credits
    Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke, Claudia Geisler, Peter Weiss, Carolin Haupt, Deniz Petzold, Rosa Enskat, Jasna, Fritzi Bauer
  • Critic Reviews
    "Christian Petzold's script is finely attuned to the atmosphere of suspicion and subterfuge that pervades surveillance states..."
    Sight and Sound

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film has hidden depths and an arch way of melding delicate irony with CASABLANCA-like sympathy for human lives tossed by history's cruel currents."
    Total Film

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Nina Hoss is a magnificent actress, watchful, tense, and spikily intelligent. When a smile cracks open on her face, the warmth and beauty is heartbreaking, because of the contrast."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "It's one terrific film, as smart, thoughtful and emotionally involving as just about anything that's out there."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[The director's] early love of Hitchcock, for one, is evident in the prickles of unease that creep into his work, creating a cold climate of paranoia and an oft-justified fear of an imminent threat."
    New York Times

    "BARBARA re-visits the quiet, everyday tragedies of the Iron Curtain era, when paranoia ran deep and for very good reasons....[An] evocative, finely detailed drama..."
    Washington Post

    "BARBARA is Hoss fifth film with Petzold, and the movie rests on the depth and subtlety of their working relationship."
    A.V. Club

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