Barbara (2012) DVD9
The time is 1980, and Barbara Wolff (Hoss) – as the narrative only gradually reveals – is a doctor who has applied for an exit visit from the GDR and as a punishment, has been transferred from her prestigious post in Berlin to a small hospital in the country. At her new workplace, Barbara is viewed with suspicion as a haughty Berliner by her new colleagues, although amiable, approachable young doctor Andre (Zehrfeld) takes an interest in her, encouraging her not to be so ‘separate’. Barbara knows the game too well, though, and is in no illusions about Andre’s role as observer reporting to Stasi officer Klaus Schutz (Bock).

The latter regularly appears at the shoddy apartment she has been allocated, to oversee searches of the premises and, through a female officer, Barbara’s body. The one thing that makes Barbara’s personal life tolerable are the occasional trysts she can manage with her West German lover (Mark Waschke), who comes to the East on business and is planning her escape to Denmark.

A devoted medic, she also applies herself to the care of her patients, in particular young patient Stella (Jasna Fritzi Bauer), a girl who repeatedly flees work details, and Mario, an attempted suicide case with possible brain damage.

DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:40:55 | 5.18 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Deutsch
Subtitles: English, Turkish
Genre: Drama

Director: Christian Petzold
Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke, Deniz Petzold, Peter Weiss, Jasna Fritzi Bauer
Country: Germany

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