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BARBARA (2012)

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BARBARA (2012)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 103

Release dates 28/09/2012

Ratings Info Contains infrequent moderate sex references

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Christian Petzold

Cast includes Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 18/09/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

BARBARA is a German language drama set in East Germany in 1980. It follows a doctor who has been sent from a top Berlin hospital to a small provincial one. She is under constant surveillance from the secret police while planning her escape to the West to join her lover.


There is a scene in which the main character secretly meets her lover in his hotel room. As they start kissing on the bed, they hear loud sexual moaning from another room, which continues for a short while. Sexual activity is also indicated in a scene in which the main character and her lover meet in the woods. They immediately start to remove their clothes. However, no nudity or sex is shown and the scene cuts away before returning to sight of the couple dressing.

There are a number of scenes of smoking by the main character and others, reflecting the period in which the film is set. None of the smokers, however, are role models whom younger viewers might want to copy.

In one scene there is mention that a patient has attempted suicide with a solvent, which requires an immediate pumping of his stomach.

The film also contains some mild bad language ('damn', 'sodding', 'shit', 'assholes' and 'bastards').



Cinema, DVD
Soda Pictures Ltd.
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Main language
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