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Barbara Reviews

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May 25, 2013
A weigh of humanity hidden under a surprisingly tension-free work
May 1, 2013
This is a beautiful account of a doctor trying to get out of East Germany and the mundaneness of the crushing weight of the state as nobody can trust anyone as it is expected that everyone is writing reports and everyone has something to hide and protect.
The sheer ordinariness of police surveillance is nicely offset y showing the other side of their lives and whilst the ending might be predictable, the film is well worth a viewing.
Just don't expect the sort of editing you'd find in a typical MTV generation movie.
April 28, 2013
Hladana, tiha, spora, ispod radarska prica o ljubavi u zidom presjecenim svjetovima.
April 23, 2013
gezien 19 april noordwolde filmhuis. Mooie film, weinig gesproken, wel een te verwachten einde. Gelukkig zat ik naast een kenner, die deze film uitstekend begreep. Beklemmend sfeerbeeld van oostduitsland voor de val van de muur.
April 20, 2013
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April 14, 2013
Un filme sencillo, nada pretencioso y de una carga emocional bastante medida. La historia se desarrolla en una suerte de vereda de la RDA de principios de los 80's a donde es enviada la prestigiosa doctora Barbara a ejercer sus labores en un hospital; el relato se enfoca en narrar de manera práctica y sencilla el lado personal y emocional de una profesional venida a menos por la situación politica de Alemania, muy insinuada magistralmente, y que es sometida a la censura y la vigilancia constante por parte de la Stasi. Aunque el personaje de Barbara (Nina Hoss) por momentos llegue a ser una especie de calco del capitán Gerd Wiesler de Das Leben der Anderen, la película cumple su cometido dramático a completa cabalidad. Muy buena.
October 14, 2012
Utterly absorbing and suspenseful character study of a conflicted doctor torn between her loyalty to her husband and her budding love for her physician colleague. This is the best film I've seen from Christian Petzold, which succeeds largely from a nuanced performance from Nina Hoss, Petzold's muse.
April 1, 2013
I'm afraid this film about an East German doctor trying to leave the country moved too slowly for me, with dull characters and not much of a plot to speak of.
hawkledge
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March 20, 2013
Compelling story and vivid period-piece, Nina Hoss is memorable.
Peneflix Movie Reviews
March 20, 2013
1980, East Berlin. "Barbara" a brilliant doctor is shunted to the "provinces' because she applied for an exit visa; masterfully developed and directed, initially her reasons unknown; she is under constant surveillance, subjected to haphazard and degrading searches by the Communist German Democratic Republic, "Stasi"; Nina Hoss, as Barbara, is poetic, hypnotic; her pain, palatable, her dedication to medicine supersedes her personal angst. Writer-director Christian Petzold gifts audiences a character that is unlikely to fade from memory.
Barbara's supervisor (and Stasi informant) "Andre" (a succinctly charming Ronald Zehrfeld) is a complex man/doctor, devoted to his craft but Barbara's aloofness and beauty render him increasingly defenseless and conflicted. Their developing yin/ yang relationship delivers taut tension to the provocative scenario; Andre recognizes Barbara's unspoken desire to play the piano and he sends a tuner to render significance to the disabled, isolated symbol of refinement; the tenderness of the gesture unnerves her.
When "Stella" (empathetic performance by Jasna Fritzi Bauer) an abused inmate from a work camp, demands ministrations solely from Barbara, who nurses her with antibiotics and literature; she reads "Huckleberry Finn", Mark Twain's iconic tale of a young renegade, whose feisty spirit resembles Stella's. Both actors shimmer in these vulnerable, delicate scenes.
"Barbara" challenges one's logic; it is modern times in West Berlin, but bleak and archaic in the East; where intelligence is suspect, individuality stifled, trust anathema; but fissures are prevalent and Barbara and Andre, without fully acquiescing to their totalitarian society, show signs of subtle, unshackled, formidable resistance; herein lies the proficiency, eminence, genius of the film.
FOUR STARS!!!!
For Now............Peneflix
December 17, 2012
Frequently riveting drama is slowly paced.
March 17, 2013
its a film that manifests the giving nature of humans without being emotional, banal and overly dramatic. Its sophisticated without being sleazy and its romantic without being any of the tinsel fairytale ingredients.
January 28, 2013
A finely nuanced film...
March 11, 2013
Very boring and meaningless movie. Total waste of time.
March 10, 2013
Nothing is obvious in this drama set in Cold War Germany. But it is intriguing as it very slowly develops with a constantly unsettling undercurrent of tension. At times, it seemed a little too long but that is probably because it avoids sensationalism, hyperbole, action and romanticism. It's a slow-burn that finally ignites into flame when Barbara has to make a choice that changes the direction of her life. An very enjoyable movie for those with patience to wait with Barbara as the narrative unfolds. The deep sense of distrust of others, of looking over one's shoulder never being sure of one's safety, must have been so stressful for those living during the Cold War in East Germany.
March 8, 2013
A fine film that slowly accumulates the tensions of living behind the Iron Curtain. It always retains the humanity of its main characters and the final short scene is marvellously affecting.
Jim  N.
February 27, 2013
over-rated. Not exactly a transportational glimpse into East German reality of life. Nor do i see how it is decribed as a "thriller" - it's pretty boring. Simplistic ending. Didn't hate it - but i would never recommend it.
December 28, 2012
This was the German submission for the 2013 Academy Awards, though it did not make the shortlist of 9 films from which the 5 nominees were selected. It is a very good - if not 100% great - piece of filmmaking.

"Barbara" takes place in 1980 - when Germany was divided between the Communist East (the "Deutsche Demokratische Republik," or DDR) and Capitalist West (the "Bundesrepublik Deutschland," or BRD) - and follows the story of an East German doctor, Barbara (Nina Hoss), who is sent away from East Berlin to a provincial town as punishment for applying to leave the country. She begins working at the local hospital, where she remains aloof from all but the main doctor, André (Ronald Zehrfeld), though she suspects him, not incorrectly, of informing on her to the local secret police. Since almost everyone informed on everyone in East Germany, whatever André may or may not be telling Klaus (Rainer Bock), the Stasi (secret police) representative (Rainer Bock), does not make him a bad guy. In fact, he is a compassionate, hard-working medical professional, struggling to do what he can with little resources, who may, himself, have done something illegal (in the eyes of the State) to warrant his own exile.

Little by little, a friendship of sorts develops between Barbara and André, in spite of the former making covert plans to escape to the West - with the help of her West German lover - and in spite of periodic home and body searches by Klaus and his team. When the time comes for Barbara to leave, she suddenly finds herself confronted with an ethical dilemma: a patient - Stella (Jasna Frizti Bauer) - she has earlier cared for reappears, in far greater need of saving than Barbara, herself. The choice Barbara must make is a heartbreaking one, yet she knows she can make no other one. Making that decision, she is finally truly free.

The acting in "Barbara" is excellent. Nina Hoss (A Woman in Berlin) is entirely believable as a woman worn down by the bleak existence offered to her by the failing Communist State. She is still beautiful, but the years of smoking (there is so much smoking in this film!) and depressive existence are taking their toll. Ronald Zehrfeld is almost too nice as her potential romantic partner, but still a fine charismatic on-screen presence. Their gentle duet is lovely to watch. I also loved the Production Design. The dingy interiors, contrasted with almost-lush and green exteriors, is something that will be familiar to anyone who spent time in the Soviet Union or any Eastern Bloc country. The burned outlet in Barbara's apartment is an especially nice touch.

The script is overall strong, though some might question the decision that Barbara makes at the end. Ultimately, I believe that the film is about finding yourself through work and action, rather than through escape. Christian Petzold does not shy away from the unpleasantness that was life in the DDR, but also questions the panacea that life in the West might be for Barbara. Her boyfriend wants her to stop working once she escapes, yet she is a fine doctor. Perhaps she can do more good by staying where they need her. Early in the film, when Barbara scornfully explains to André that she is being punished for wanting to leave the peasants and workers who financed her education (the State's line), and she has been told that she owes them her service, André replies, "They're not actually incorrect." I think in many ways that may be the ideology of the film, that we all have a duty to give back and that a complete life is one lived in service of needs more than our own.

There are a few false notes in the film - how does Stella find Barbara's apartment, for one? - and some questions that remain unanswered, but overall this is a very good work of art and entertainment, rolled into one powerful film.
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