International Lens Film: Barbara
10/16/2013, 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Free and Open to the Public
Location: Sarratt Cinema (Google map of this location)
Presented by: Peggy Setje-Eilers, Assistant Professor of German.
Germany (2012) Directed by: Christian Petzold
A simmering, impeccably crafted Cold War thriller, where a doctor is banished to a rural East German hospital as punishment for applying for an exit visa. As her lover from the West carefully plots her escape, Barbara waits patiently and avoids friendships with her colleagues except for the hospital's head physician, who is attentive to her. But even as she finds herself falling for him, she cannot be sure that he is not a spy. She is eventually forced to make a profound decision about her future. A film of glancing moments and dangerous secrets, Barbara paints a haunting picture of a woman being slowly crushed between the irreconcilable needs of desire and survival. German with English subtitles. Rated PG-13. 105 mins.