Summary: A double-bill of contemporary Germany's leading director Christian Petzold’s most recent films BARBARA and PHOENIX, both are executed with the same team and stars Nina Hoss, Petzold’s longtime muse and Ronald Zehrfeld as two leads, punctiliously examine the mentality of German people in the...
Summary: Barbara is a film where every breath pause has meaning, and a sideways glance is not an arbitrary gesture but a nervous, paranoid tic that is necessary in order to remain one step ahead of the Stasi, the East German secret police who make the American McCarthy era look like a Sunday picnic.
Summary: The film is beautifully shot, with tension that unfolds slowly and great subtlety in the acting. I kind of hated the ending, though ... Barbara makes a decision that seems self-sacrificing on the surface, but that also seems utterly senseless when you consider its effect on the girl who is thrust...
Summary: Lovely mystery story. Barbara is so ice cold most of the film, especially towards her fellow doctor, Andre, that it's not until she comforts the young trapped girl that we see her gentle, caring side.
Summary: This is a typical European import: subtitled with an oblique narrative, minimal dialogue, no music and deliberate pacing. The title character is an aloof doctor in a small village in 80s East Germany (before the wall came down).
Summary: What an excellent film. Several critics compare it to The Lives of Others, but they are quite different. The threat of the Stasi is much more overt and oppressive in The Lives of Others. It's certainly a threat in this film, and the room/body searches are here, but it's much more subtle feel.
Summary: Barbara was a nice surprise. Barbara, a physician, is banished to work at a hospital in the communist bloc of East Germany because she applied for an exit visa. She is watched like a hawk by authorities as someone who possibly may try to escape.
Fascinating character study set amidst a cold-war thriller
6 May 2013
Summary: Christian Petzold's BARBARA is a film with a very deliberate, measured cadence which serves to both heighten the underlying tension and give space to the beautifully framed visuals (comprised, mostly, of scenes from around the small pre-unification East german village the film inhabits).
Summary: Barbara tells the story of an East German doctor whose application for an exit visa had been rejected by the authorities who, in turn, have banished her from Berlin to a clinic in the provinces.
Summary: Barbara fascinated me from the start. Her beauty. Her loneliness. Her suppressed anger, and her poorly concealed sadness. All of it grabbed me as soon as she appeared. Barbara, surgeon, arrives in a godforsaken corner of East Germany in 1980.