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Romanticizes Communism

By pedsarq
Written January 23, 2013
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 1980, which is before the fall of the wall, and what's most prevalent here is the paranoid nature of low-level party officials as they harass the country's most prominent citizens (primarily Dr. Barbara) as they attempt to keep them from escaping from the country. As fragile as the politics of the country are, however, this story is really about love first and the politics second. Barbara falls in love with a Doctor who is sympathetic to the party. This becomes really obvious when we see his house where he has tons of books, great furniture, and an organic herb garden that he can tap to cook her ratatouille. Yes, he's that much in the favor of the party. Primarily because he's focused on taking care of patients and not politics. Anyway, love becomes the focus and this movie works.
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Insightful film of a closed society

By VAmovie_goer
Written December 26, 2012
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 adjust to different pace and personalities as well as deal with the police state that monitors her movements. This film is about choices one makes and consequences one has to live with.
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barbara

By jameslane
Written January 06, 2013
East Germany again, soulful and surprising.
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Barbara

By Cornell73moviefan
Written January 15, 2013
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.
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Unsuspenful with a predictable ending

By brunowe
Written January 27, 2013
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 allocated a dingy apartment, which is subject to secret police search, it seems she has plans to flee the country anyway. This is complicated by another patient in her clinic who wants to flee the country and is being subject to harsher punishment for wanting to do so and by doctor who runs the clinic who is far more sympathetic to the regime. It was well-acted, Hoss does a particularly fine job in conveying the pressure she's under in an understated fashion. However, the final plot twist can be seen a mile off.
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