Foreign Film Series: Barbara
December 5-8, in the Student Center Cinema
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Tickets are available online or through the Rita Box Office, 262-595-2564
The Foreign Film Series continues this week of a showing of the German film Barbara.
In a story of love and subterfuge in 1980 East Germany, physician Barbara has been sent to a small country pediatric hospital from a prestigious post in Berlin by "authorities," after she had the temerity to request an exit visa. She is now constantly under surveillance. As it turns out, Barbara does have a secret: She's planning an escape to be with her lover in West Germany. As the story takes on the contours of a thriller, it will be open to debate whether Barbara has a happy ending. In this sophisticated, superbly crafted portrayal of grassroots realpolitik, the film leaves viewers with the sense that, when it comes to recent totalitarian history, such either/or questions were rarely clearly answered. 2012 Berlin International Film Festival: Best Director. German Film Critics Association Awards: Best Film. (Germany, 2012) Dir: Christian Petzold. German language. 105 min. (review)