Streaming Video - 2012 | German
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East Germany, 1980. Barbara Wolff is a young doctor who has applied for an exit visa from the GDR and, as punishment, has been transferred from her prestigious post in Berlin to a small pediatric hospital in the country. She must weigh her absolute dedication to her patients against a potential escape to the West, and her newfound attraction to a doctor in whom she sees a kindred spirit. In German with English Subtitles.
Publisher: [United States] : Adopt Films : Made available through hoopla, 2012.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 105 min.)) : sd., col.


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Feb 02, 2018

I may have been expecting more from this film, based on several recommendations and interesting, favorable reviews. It's a good film, but never really grabbed me at any point. But, it is nicely filmed, and the acting is solid, and the pace is slow but steady. If you appreciate foreign films, east European in particular, then this might be a very worthwhile watch. Subtitled, obviously.

Jun 07, 2017

I agree it's good acting, great facial expressing the 'self'. I'd not read all the reviews as one is a real spoiler, totally unnecessary to reveal the twists. If I wanted to know what the film is about I'd read the cover & hope for the best. When you select a foreign film then complain about it I don't understand why anyone would even select it in the first place. You want Hollywood, select Hollywood:( Nice subtitles big enough to read. We gripe about various things in the US and aren't we fortunate.

Feb 06, 2017

This is an excellent film about ethical dilemmas and values.

Nov 13, 2016


Oct 05, 2016

As others have stated: excellent acting all around by a really interesting director (Petzold) and the compelling Nina Hoss. VERY good and well worth a look. Captivating, poignant, with a good ending that leaves us pondering. The library has several other movies with Nina Hoss that are of similar high-level quality.

Jun 09, 2016

This may be the film in which director Christian Petzold broke through internationally. Framed as a East German/West German suspense/romance film, it reveals the great acting ability of Nina Hoss. Americans, lacking in knowledge of Eastern Europe, post WWII, may find some of this film difficult to follow. This is not the fault of the film. It is a fault of the American educational system.

Oct 21, 2015

Beautiful low-key movie in which little is said but much is felt by characters (and viewers), and the actors convey their unstated emotions admirably. Hard to watch without a tear or two--even the local Stasi official is allowed a moment of sympathy when we see him struggling to deal with his wife's illness.

Sep 13, 2015

Very good story, great acting with real facial expressions. A good ending. Lots of moral messages without schmaltz.

May 01, 2015

I very much enjoyed watching this film. Most of my family lived in the GDR. This movie does in fact depict what it was like for people who wished for freedom of speech and the ability to travel outside the iron curtain. A well done movie.

Jan 03, 2015

This is a pretty solid film from Germany, depicting a woman doctor in East Germany in the 80's, constantly harassed by the Stasi and yearning to flee to the West. However, she still cared very much about her patients, and was influenced by similar dedication from a fellow male doctor. The film is slow and uneventful most of the time - until the ending which is uplifting. In German with subtitles.

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