3.5

Barbara

Drama


 

A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital.

"Barbara" has an austerity of style reminiscent of life in East Germany - nothing is explained or expounded upon, and the viewer is required to work out the situation for themselves as clues are gradually disclosed. Relationships are taut due to the difficulty in determining between informant and friend. Still, it's compelling to watch as intrigue builds. What looks on the surface to be a simple character study develops into an intriguing story about personal values and freedom of choice. Subtle yet barbed.

Anne Murphy

Limited Release 7th March 2013
105 mins