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Barbara

"A quietly horrifying look at the lives of ordinary people living under a totalitarian regime... a chilling drama."
David Stratton, ABC1'S AT THE MOVIES
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East Germany, 1980. One woman will risk everything.

Summer, 1980. Barbara, a doctor, has applied for an exit visa from the GDR (East Germany).

Now, as punishment, she has been transferred from Berlin to a small hospital out in the country, far from everything. Jörg, her lover from the West, is already planning her escape.
Barbara waits, keeping to herself. The new apartment, the neighbours, summertime, the countryside – none of that means anything to her. Working as a pediatric surgeon under her new boss Andre, she is attentive when it comes to the patients, but quite distanced from her colleagues. Her future, she feels, will begin later.

But Andre confuses her and arouses her suspicions. His confidence in her professional abilities, his caring attitude, his smile. Why does he cover for her when she helps the young runaway Sarah? Does he have an assignment to keep track of her? As the day of her planned escape quickly approaches, Barbara starts to lose control. Over herself, her plans, over love.

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