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7.9 out of 10

Barbara

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VinceM, Metacritic
14 March 2013
  • 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.
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TVJerry, Metacritic
27 January 2013
  • 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.
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MarcDoyle, Metacritic
6 January 2013
  • 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.
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Bikerjames, Metacritic
24 December 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

Riveting and meticulously crafted.

freshdude, Flicks
9 June 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Fascinating character study set amidst a cold-war thriller

AltJacobunny, Flicks
9 June 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Gripping but insufficiently chilling

Weds_Loafers, Flicks
9 June 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

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unknown, OutNow.CH
13 February 2012
  • 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.
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