Barbara Synopsis
An East German doctor in the 1980s is banished to a small country hospital.

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Romanticizes Communism

By pedsarq
Let's face it, Communism sucked! I put it in the past tense because China is as capitalistic as the next country and Cuba and N. Korea's days are numbered. This movie takes place in E. Germany in...

Insightful film of a closed society

By VAmovie_goer
Barbara is a film about a doctor living in East Germany during the 1980s. The story revolves around the doctor and the life thrust upon her after she has been banished to the provinces. She must...


By jameslane
East Germany again, soulful and surprising....


By Cornell73moviefan
Highly overrated. Although the background of life in East Germany and its police state characteristics was interesting, the story was slow and a number of plot elements did not hang together....

Unsuspenful with a predictable ending

By brunowe
The movie deals with a doctor, played by Nina Hoss, in 1980 East Germany, who has been sent to a kind of internal exile for asking to leave the country. Reassigned to a provincial medical clinic and...

Barbara; Subtle brilliance, penetrating emotional understatement

By wooley
How wonderful to end the old year experiencing complex humanity in an inhumane setting. No missed moments, no unnecessary scenes, in an environment where all is questioned, all observed, all...


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By fmahoney314
I really wanted to like this movie. The Lives of Others was excellent, however this movie was not as suspenseful. All you came awAy from the film was East German doctors love to smoke...

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Rated PG-13 | For Thematic Elements, Some Sexual Material and Smoking