Barbara Sunday, 05 April 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    Barbara ran.

  • Starring:

    Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Jasna Fritzi Bauer

  • Directed by:

    Christian Petzold

  • Running time:

    105 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Prison-camp escapee is restrained by police officers. Blood/gore: Hospital setting. Frequent medical procedures are performed and/or discussed: injections, administration of IV fluids, lumbar puncture, tube incubation, drain removal, knee dislocation, stomach pumping, head injuries, broken ankle, cancer, strip search, abortion (discussed), accidental injuries inflicted on babies (discussed), brain surgery (discussed), attempted suicide (discussed). Barbed wire causes a bloody injury to a leg.


    A couple meet for (implied) sex in a field and in a hotel room. Sex noises are heard through a wall. Prostitution is mentioned. Couples kiss passionately.


    Legal drugs (caffeine, morphine, painkillers) are administered. A doctor discusses developing his own drugs in a hospital laboratory. Heavy smoking throughout. Cigar-smoking is mentioned.


    Misogyny, swearing.


    Political oppression, Communism, Socialism, totalitarianism, suicide, depression, escape, freedom, unplanned pregnancy, unconventional romance, patience, career medicine, medical mistakes, medical procedures, long-distance relationships, selflessness, seeking refuge, desperation, loyalty, starting anew.


    Medical procedures, chain-smoking. (And chain-smoking in a medical environment.) Subtitled.


    Unconventional romance. Insightful re-creation of the social climate and living circumstances in 1980s Germany. Characters are detailed and highly likeable. Awesome classic German transportation and appliances (you gotta check out the wallpaper). Retrospective feel. Smart, thoughtful, emotional, complex, slow-burning.


    Tempered pace won't be everyone's stein of tea.

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