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197 Ratings


Directed by Mathieu Amalric
France, 2017
Biography, Drama, Music


When a director sets out to make a film about popular French singer Barbara, both he and the actress soon find themselves lost and submerged in the process of reconstruction.

Barbara Directed by Mathieu Amalric

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2017 | Winner: Best Poetic Narrative (Un Certain Regard)

César Awards

2018 | 8 nominations including: Best Actress

2018 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

Prix Louis Delluc

2017 | Winner: Best Film

Barbara probably stands as one of the most French films ever made, one which may struggle to make itself felt or understood by people not steeped in a certain culture. In the same way that someone like Alan Bennett for Britain, or, say, Mr. Rogers for the USA, might be said to be culturally specific figures . . . , so Barbara reflects back at the audience a certain type of France.
February 26, 2019
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It’s a film of scenes rather than of one unified narrative, but each scene is a showcase for the magnificent talents of Ms. Balibar, a multifaceted performer of spectacular magnetism and intelligence.
October 11, 2018
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Balibar’s singing skills allow for a complex audio-track, in which what we hear is sometimes her rendition of the songs, and sometimes the singer’s original voice that seems to take possession of her body . . . – and the frisson that, as spectators, we then experience, echoes a very ancient, mythological sense of the sacred.
March 21, 2018
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