Barbara

2017

Barbara

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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

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  • 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

    Guardian
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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

    Variety
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  • Barbara deviates from what is expected from a conventional biopic, and its proposal includes several stimulating points with which, unfortunately, Amalric never manages to do anything worthwhile. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Jul 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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…

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