East Germany, 1980. Barbara is a talented young doctor who has applied for an exit visa from the GDR and, as punishment, has been transferred from her prestigious post in Berlin to a small pediatric hospital in the country. Even though she is constantly aware of the very real shadowy presence of, and overwhelming numbers of, Stasi officers chronicling her every move, every waking hour, she arrives at her new post having already planned a series of dangerous assignations with her lover, with whom she plans to escape to the West, to Poland.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
"Barbara" is a film about the old Germany from one of the best directors working in the new: Christian Petzold.Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 12.20.2012
It's one terrific film, as smart, thoughtful and emotionally involving as just about anything that's out there.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 12.21.2012
Lit from within, like a lantern; Petzold has made a nighttime movie that ends right on the edge of dawn.Stephanie Zacharek, NPR, 12.20.2012
[Leaves] you drained and horrified.Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 01.07.2013