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. Portrayed here is a disconsolate cinematic landscape, austere, stripped bare of consumerism and bourgeois excesses.
Summary: This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. 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 into its consequences. What's going to happen to her???
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. She's in a real dilemma she wants to flee oppressive East Germany and yet she's drawn to her patients and her calling to care for sick and injured. Finally when her lover tells her she'll not have to work in Denmark after she escapes, she makes a heart-felt decision.
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). She works in a children's hospital and is subjected to constant surveillance from the authorities. Over the course of the film, she helps some of the patients, plots to flee the oppression and interacts with one sympathetic colleague.
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. In the meantime, she is plotting an escape with her boyfriend who occasionally has to come to the East side of the wall for his work. The depiction of the hospital and her living quarters is so stark and realistic.
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). Patient shots of the eponymous BARBARA (a pitch perfect Nina Hoss) cycling along country lanes or peering out from between her lounge curtains.
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. Set in the 1980s and beautifully filmed, the story follows her run-ins with the local Stasi while, at the same time, she is plotting with her West German lover to escape to the West.
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. Sent there from Berlin for wanting to move to the West, she does not smile. She keeps her apartment empty , as to denounce the nothingness that surrounds her.
Summary: Oder: Mit dem Fahrrad durchs Grüne Halbgötter in Weiss sind auch nur Menschen. Barbara (Nina Hoss) hat ihren ersten Arbeitstag als Kinderärztin in einer Kleinstadt an der See. Sie wurde strafversetzt, weg aus der Hauptstadt Berlin, weg von der Charité. Grund dafür ist der Antrag, den sie für eine Ausreise aus der DDR in den Westen gestellt hat. Barbara hat eine einfache Wohnung zugeteilt bekommen.