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Review of "BARBARA"
By Jayne Waterford
Thoroughly enjoyable.
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2013. First published: 24th August 2013.
REVIEW: "BARBARA" by Jayne Waterford

Christian Petzold's "BARBARA" (2012) is a very interesting film.

Barbara is a beautiful, highly educated woman. She arranges her escape fro the Eastern block to be with her Western doctor but realises her uneducated and pregnant patient is suffering more.

Barbara takes these momentous decisions in her stride. The dialogue and pictures are plane, as straight forward as Barbara. She wins The ARTnews Movies Most Pragmatic Heroine Award 2012 and she goes about her day.

Ronald Zehrfield plays the consolation prize, oblivious to the tussel Barbara faces.

I enjoyed this film. 8/10

Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2013.

Christian Petzold's "BARBARA" (2012)
Release Date 7th March 2013
Category Cold War Thriller
Running Time 101 minutes (1 hour, 41 minutes)
Rating M
Origin German with English subtitles
Awards "BARBARA" was Germany’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2013 Academy Awards®, Silver Bear, Berlin International Film Festival 2012, Official Selection, New York Film Festival 2012
Director Christian Petzold
Stars Nina Hoss and Ronald Zehrfield


Official Blurb "Set in 1980, director Christian Petzold’s latest work centres on a doctor (Nina Hoss) exiled to a small town from East Berlin as punishment for applying for an exit visa from the GDR (East
Germany). Planning to flee for Denmark with her boyfriend, Barbara remains icy and withdrawn around her colleagues, particularly with the lead physician (Ronald Zehrfeld), who is hiding a secret of his own. With her patients, however, the guarded doctor is kind, warm, and protective, even risking her own safety for one of her charges. But as the day of her planned escape quickly approaches, Barbara starts to lose control, over herself, her plans and over love.

Masterfully controlled and totally absorbing, this Cold War thriller expertly details the costs of telling and withholding the truth." - MADMAN ENTERTAINMENT PR