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Must-See: German Oscar Entry 'Barbara,' Starring Nina Hoss, One of 2012's Best, Hits DVD and Blu-Ray

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 14, 2013 at 1:12PM

"Barbara," Germany's haunting 2012 Oscar entry, is Christian Petzold's fifth collaboration with luminous actress Nina Hoss. She plays an intrepid East Berlin doctor in 1980 who has been sent to the boonies as punishment for wanting to leave the country. I put the film on my ten best list; so did both NY Times film critics, Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott. The film had its US premiere at the New York Film Festival in 2012, followed by a theatrical release by Adopt Films, which is releasing "Barbara" via Kino Lorber on Blu-ray and DVD on November 12th.
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Barbara
'Barbara'

"Barbara," Germany's haunting 2012 Oscar entry, is Christian Petzold's fifth collaboration with luminous actress Nina Hoss. She plays an intrepid East Berlin doctor in 1980 who has been sent to the boonies as punishment for wanting to leave the country. Like everyone around her, she lies to survive; she sneaks around in the night to meet her West German lover in the woods. But she cares for her patients; that bonds her with her charismatic fellow doctor (up-and-comer Ronald Zehrfeld). Even though she's surrounded by fear, suspicion and paranoia, she comes to trust him.

I put the film, which won Petzold the Silver Bear in Berlin, on my ten best list last year, as did both New York Times film critics, Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott. The film had its US premiere at the New York Film Festival in 2012, followed by a theatrical release by Adopt Films, which is releasing "Barbara" via Kino Lorber on Blu-ray and DVD on November 12th. 


"Barbara" Official US Trailer, directed by Christian Petzold from Adopt Films on Vimeo.

This article is related to: DVDs, DVD / Blu-Ray, DVD and VOD, Nina Hoss


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.