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Barbara Reviews

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February 12, 2016
...where there's a rough, stormy beauty to this seaside village, it's also something of a prison without walls, which is not lost on this inmate.
December 19, 2013
Hoss is such a star, one of the finest actresses in the world. Her work with Petzold is exceptional, but I find myself wondering what Fassbinder would have done with her.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 13, 2013
A quietly tense drama ... builds slowly to its conclusion, as subtly powerful as it is inevitable.
| Original Score: 4/5
June 17, 2013
It persuades us early on that its aura of political tension and suspicion, its taciturnity, its very strictness of silent observation as it begins, are fostering an intelligent thriller.
June 6, 2013
Barbara offers us historically motivated immorality offset by some heartfelt sensitivity, a side order of depression, and finishes off with some ennobling hope. It's definitely one of the best foreign films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 3, 2013
This is a remarkably subtle movie, spending most of its energy zeroing in on the clenched face of its heroine, looking for cracks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 9, 2013
A low-key, tenuous romance characterised by its sparse, deliberately paced storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 21, 2013
Petzold handles personal, formal and political concerns in such harmony that it's difficult, and not especially desirable, to separate one from the next.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 21, 2013
A quietly absorbing character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 20, 2013
Isn't a tightly wound story of sacrifice, yet its distance is alluring, retaining secrets and motivations, building to a satisfying conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 19, 2013
An intelligent, mature love triangle...It also functions as a tense, rarefied thriller about escape from a police state, as well the kind of medical procedural drama audiences gorge upon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 stars
March 14, 2013
That sense of nervous dislocation that the viewer feels in the first few scenes - Where am I? Who is this person? Is she friend or foe? - efficently evokes the muted terror that its characters feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 10, 2013
Petzold renders Communist oppression in a provocatively muted manner.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 8, 2013
The movie examines the possibility of maintaining one's humanity in a truly oppressive society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 8, 2013
Hoss, wearing her blond hair pulled back tight, and wearing an expression of inscrutable melancholy, gives a performance that doesn't feel like a performance at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 7, 2013
Stories of characters like Barbara continue to have meaning, even in a "free" society.
March 7, 2013
The occasional ravings of the patients, ringing off the walls in Petzold's measured quiet, provide an appropriate backdrop to the heroine's need for freedom, yet the movie's politics never trump its humanity.
March 7, 2013
This is well-trod ground for Petzold, but never has it been so fully realized, so palpable, as in "Barbara."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 6, 2013
Engrossing Cold War thriller and love story set in East Germany in 1980.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 1, 2013
A meticulously crafted drama in which the depiction of character, place and circumstance evolves slowly and with intrigue, Barbara is gripping cinema
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