The young physician named Barbara who lives in what is still East Germany has the dream to move to West Germany to live with her lover. Therefore, she gets transferred for disciplinary reasons from East Berlin to a provincial hospital. She is experiencing being under permanent observation of the Stasi and being punished for every moment where the Stasi does not know where she is or what she is doing.
At the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) in February 2012, the movie won the ‘Silver Bear for Best Director’.
“Barbara is a film about the old Germany from one of the best directors working in the new: Christian Petzold. For more than a decade Mr. Petzold has been making his mark on the international cinema scene with smart, tense films that resemble psychological thrillers, but are distinguished by their strange story turns, moral thorns, visual beauty and filmmaking intelligence.” Manohla Dargis, New York Times
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