During the summer of 1980 in the GDR, a doctor named Barbara (Nina Hoss) begins to lose her grip on herself, her plans and her heart. From the director of Yella.
Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss are two of contemporary German cinema’s best talents, and before Phoenix they made Barbara: a character study driven by Hoss’s striking, subtle performance. A tense East Berlin-set political thriller that won Petzold the Berlinale’s Silver Bear for Best Director.
Absolutamente brilhante, de rigor e precisão magnificamente realizada e com performance dos actores impecáveis, sendo a actriz Nina Hoss absolutamente irrepreensível. Petzold é um grandioso realizador-autor. Pura perfeição!
Intelligent, non-prescriptive story telling about a doctor forced out of Berlin to the countryside after applying for an exit visa during the iron curtain era. Superb cinematography and production design here that is only strengthened by the impressive acting might of everyone involved. 4 stars
"Barbara" pales a little in comparison with Petzold's most recent film, "Phoenix". Nina Hoss, his recurring leading actress, delivers another nuanced performance as a woman who has built walls around her, with some breaches that we get to see on a couple of scenes. The film lacked more tension/information but it was beautifully made. I sort of get its strict tone as a reflexion of East Germany's society at the time.
The slow pacing of the movie it's only broken by the secret escapes between Barbara and her lover and the relationship with Stella. I find it hard to understand how ostracized she is when everything feels so peaceful and the characters display so few emotions. Maybe I need a second watch to appreciate it more.