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Barbara

Released: 28/09/2012
An East German doctor struggles to escape to her lover in the West in Christian Petzold’s new feature, which highlights the paranoia that can flourish in a life lived under surveillance. Winner of the Silver Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, it has been touted by some to repeat the success of another brilliant German export, The Lives of Others. For more information visit: http://www.sodapictures.com/cinema/198/ Buy: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Arts_Picturehouse_Cambridge/film/Barbara/
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The Independent“A sense of the absurd and the horrific...” The film keeps us guessing as to how much they really know about each other, and unspools its denouement quite beautifully...
 
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The Arts Desk“One of the most satisfying German films of the last decade...” Christian Petzold is a hugely intelligent film maker. In his fifth collaboration with Nina Hoss he’s drawn from her a performance of rare grace and restraint...
 
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The Quietus“Ends up being genuinely moving and even better on reflection...” It takes a little while to engage and might be too slow for some, but offers an understated, morally complex view of East Germany that's also effective and free of clichés in its rendering of happiness against the odds...
 
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Evening Standard“A quietly resonant, slow burning and beautifully shot film...” Barbara parallels The Lives of Others without copying that huge success — with more intelligence though not quite the drama...
 
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The Observer“Overly contrived and melodramatic...” We truly feel for her as she's torn between her allegiance to the Hippocratic oath, even under an intolerable regime, and her right to freedom and a good life...
 
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Guardian“Elegantly captured and coolly conveyed...” Contemporary German cinema and perhaps even Germany itself are a bit of an unknown quantity in the UK, so it is a pleasure to see another feature from that highly talented and distinctive German film-maker...
 
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Little White Lies“Petzold earns his stripes among Europe’s great auteurs...” Petzold resists sensationalising his character’s mostly interior arc. Barbara envisions a complex human situation left unfinished, still ripe with possibility and nuance...
 
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Total Film “Like Barbara the woman, Barbara the film has hidden depths...” Not only has director Christian Petzold assembled a fascinating hill of beans, but there’s a moonlit scene that almost alone justifies his Silver Bear win at Berlin...
 
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The Telegraph“A scrupulously even-tempered thriller...” Petzold’s depiction of the East German countryside is all fresh air, warm light and open space: it’s a nice visual counterpoint to the sticky moral climate of mutual suspicion...
 
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