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Genre Drama
Running Time 105 min
Release Date Dec 21, 2012
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East Germany, 1980. Barbara Wolff is a 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. She must weigh her absolute dedication to her patients against a potential escape to the West, and her newfound attraction to a doctor in whom she sees a kindred spirit.

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Dec. 21, 2012 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris, Globe Staff

In “Barbara,” the title character, a pediatrician named Barbara Wolff (Nina Hoss), has just arrived in a provincial hamlet on the Baltic Sea. She’s been exiled there as punishment for applying for an emigration visa to West Berlin from East Germany, where she enjoyed a cushy life of haute splendors and tenure at the important East Berlin university hospital, Charité. Now she’s this long, gorgeous, glamorous blonde in a sleepy town of brunettes, an alien, really. The movie is set in 1980, and her expulsion is overseen by the Stasi, the oppressive East German secret police. Officers drop by to inspect both Barbara’s modest apartment and eventually Barbara herself.

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