Thursday, November 14, 2013

Barbara (2012)

Director: Christian Petzold. Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock. 105 min. Rated PG-13. Germany. Drama.

East Germany, 1980. Female physician who cooperated with the West, is banished (after her incarceration) to work in a rural hospital, in a village where even the cats and dogs seem to hate her. So will she try to escape to West Germany, or stay and live up to her duties as a doctor?  I was expecting a more sophisticated answer than what the movie provides, but the movie's 93% on the Tomatometer suggests critics who reviewed this film aren't accustomed to how people in countries with authoritarian governments struggle with this question every single day. Every single day.

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