Release date:December 21, 2012
The latest feature from Christian Petzold ("Yella," "Jerichow") is a simmering, impeccably crafted Cold War thriller starring the gifted Nina Hoss—in her fifth lead role for the director—as a woman torn between the irreconcilable needs of desire and survival. 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. As her lover from the West carefully plots her escape, Barbara waits patiently and avoids friendships with her colleagues—except for Andre (Ronald Zehrfeld) the hospital’s head physician, who is warmly attentive to her. But even as she finds herself falling for him, Barbara still cannot be sure that Andre is not a spy. As her defensive wall slowly starts to crumble, she is eventually forced to make a profound decision about her future.