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An actress, Brigitte, is preparing to play famous French songstress, Barbara in a new film. Brigitte works on her character, studying Barbara's voice, her songs, gestures and the way she carried herself. Eventually, the character of Barbara starts to take her over. As things progress, Yves, the director becomes infatuated with her -- but does his infatuation lie with Brigitte the actress, or Barbara?

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Critic Reviews for Barbara

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

  • Mr. Amalric plays Yves as a still-besotted fan of Barbara, and as a director he's a still-besotted fan of Ms. Balibar's. He is wise in his enthusiasms.

    Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • An oddly alluring film that does a double backflip on hokey showbiz-bio convention: not an informative introduction to the singer by any means, but a suitably eccentric evocation of her creative essence.

    May 19, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

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  • Apart from occasional highs linked to songs, such as a beautiful scene of Brigitte in silhouette at the piano singing "Je ne sais pas dire," there's not much development here.

    May 18, 2017 | Full Review…

    Jay Weissberg

    Top Critic
  • In Barbara, the process of filmmaking is shown to be a nesting series of shells that allow one to be simultaneously freed and lost.

    Oct 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An explosion of formats and textures, layers of narrative, aesthetic, like vital onion layers, in which everything is confused and nothing is incomprehensible. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Apr 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • [Mathieu] Amalric confirms he is a filmmaker in full control of his own vision, which intensifies from one title to the next. [Full review in Spanish]

    Apr 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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