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Film Fest 2012 - Barbara

Film Fest 2012 - Barbara 


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FilmJunkieJake

Christian Petzold's Barbara - the director's 4th NZFF inclusion - is a film with a very deliberate, measured cadence which serves to both heighten the underlying tension in the piece and give space to the beautifully framed visuals of the small pre-unification East german village it inhabits. Patient shots of the eponymous Barbara (a pitch perfect Nina Hoss) cycling along country lanes or peering out from between her lounge curtains. Though the spy story elements of the film are never far off - the local police frequently search Barbara's apartment and person, and she clearly participates in underground activity - they are very much backgrounded by the character study of this incredibly wary woman as she slowly adapts to unfamiliar surroundings and the people in them - in particular fellow doctor colleague Andre (Ronald Zehrfeld also in a strong performance). Petzold, Hoss and team have delivered a visually and narratively fascinating feature spacious enough for sconsidered viewing.

Mon July 30, 2012 4:28PM



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