Synopsis: In 1980s East Germany, Barbara is a Berlin doctor banished to a country medical clinic for applying for an exit visa. Deeply unhappy with her reassignment and fearful of her co-workers as possible Stasi informants, Barbara stays aloof, especially from the good natured clinic head, Andre. Instead, Barbara snatches moments with her lover as she secretly prepares to defect one day. Despite her plans, Barbara learns more about her life that puts her desires and the people around her in a new light. With her changing perspective, Barbara finds herself facing a painful moral dilemma that forces her to choose what she values.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Christian Petzold
Production: Adopt Films
  10 wins & 22 nominations.
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105 min

Is that hen'!


She won'! be even one second too early.

She's like that.

What is she like?

If she were six,

you'd say she's sulky.

Is she alone here?

Her incarceration

disintegrated her circle oi friends.

Doctor Wolff will be working with us.

She is from Berlin...

from the Charite Hospital,

and has decided...

We have introduced ourselves.

Good, we will continue

with the ankle fracture.

The swelling has subsided entirely.

We'll remove the drains.

Let's have a look at the leg.

It looks great.

You'll soon be playing football again.

You're midfield?


On the right.

So this is the leg you shoot with.

Can you shoot with your left?

Not well.

It's only to stop me falling over.

Your trainer told you that, right?

I'll have to speak to him

- Why'?

Your opponent will know at once

you have to move right to cross.

That's it.

You were brave.

You scared the little one

by making that grimace.

He tensed up and it hurl him far more.

I'm sorry

Sorry, but he'll have known

you were trying to distract him

In any case,

he'll still be shooting with his right

Bon appetit.

- Bon appetit

Bon appetit.

- Bon appetit

That's Benin.

- No kidding!

I can give you a ride.

I've often waited here.

It can take ages.


Well, do you like it?

The work, the ward.

It's only my first day.

You shouldn't be so separate.

People here are sensitive:

Benin, the Charite, the capital.

They quickly feel outclassed.

Is that why you said 'separate'?

So as not to sound second class?

You should have asked me

at the crossroad.

This is the right road.

What should I have asked you?

Where I live.

But you already know.

And why I came to the provinces.

But you know that, too.

Don'! act astonished.

They spoke to you.

You're groomed.

And here's where I separate.

Stop here, please!

Till tomorrow.

Hello, I'm Mrs Bungert.

I have to show you the cellar.

Can it not wait till tomorrow?

I don'! have time tomorrow.

Right this instant?

One moment.

It's time to order now.

At least one tonne.

A tonne and a half.

You like having a bath.

Thursday is your tum to do the stairs.

- You said.

With water. But not in winter

Of horrific character.

Magic, demons, profundity and joy...


Furtwangler unique interpretation.

I had the impression I was hearing

the overture for the first time.

Let me go.

- Calm down!

Pull yourself together!

So... Cool it!

Let her go!

They'll lei go of you now.


can you try to sit up.


can you do this?

Try it.

All right.

Damn it.

I'll be right back, things will be fine.


From tics?


Did you find the marks?

She hid in the fields for six days.

In an area full of tics.

It's in the file.

I normally read them all.

I just thought...

We'll have to do a lumbar puncture.

Curl up.

Right UP-

That's it.

This will hurl terribly,

but you'll be fine.

It's this girl's fourth stay

and each time...


- What?

The girl is called Stella.

Yes, Stella's been here four times,

each time she was faking

because she didn't want to work.

Can we talk about it tomorrow?

I have to go.

I can give you a ride.

I've got a bike.

See you tomorrow.

This shouldn't actually occur.


Can't you read?

You'll be shown to your table.

Can I use the toilet?

- End of the corridor, on the left.

Excuse me, where are the toilets?

In the front.


Sh*t, the sodding boat's arriving.

Here, I have to go.

Say, aren't you a doctor?

Does putting your legs up in the air

do any good?

Against varicose veins?

Yes, it's good.

- Is it really good?

Had a little outing?

It's a pretty area,

particularly at night.

This way, please.


I know, I'm late.

The serum has arrived.

Can I come in brie?y'?

Stella is refusing an intravenous drip

unless you do it.

I can drive you over

and bring you back to rest afterward.

Fine. In five minutes.

They allocated you a horrible apartment.

But there's a piano.

Shall we go?

Do you play'?

It's out of tune.

- So you do play.

Does this often happen to you?

I was not to be found for several hours.

Where were you, then?

The young girl is pregnant.

- what?

Stella is pregnant.

Did she tell you?

I noticed when making the serum.

You made the serum yourself?

It would have taken at least four days

to get it from Restock.

You have a lab?

At the clinic?

- Yes.

The serum will act quickly.

You'll be able to read in two days.

And look out the window.

He's got to go.

I'll be right back.


They'll follow the track

of that sackful of rocks to the shore

and then drag the river for me.

And they'll follow that meal track

to the lake

and go browsing down the creek

that leads out of it

to find the robbers that killed me...

They won't ever hunt the river

for anything but my dead carcass.

They'll soon get tired of that,

and won'! bother no more about me.

All right;

I can stop anywhere I want to

ll Stella really is pregnant,

it's a catastrophe for her.

They'll take away her child.

She wants to keep it?

She doesn't know yet.

You didn't ask hen'!

Are you quite sure?

Can I see your lab?

Good work.

You can use the lab whenever you want.

Did you put it together!

It's not equipped as I'd like.

But I might get a centrifuge

from Prague next week.

Why are you in the provinces?

To assure no one is too separate?

I like it here.

Are you supposed to convince me?

To do what?

To withdraw my application to leave.

'The workers and farmers

financed your studies.

Non it's time to return the favour."

That's actually not incorrect.

I'd like to go to The Hague.

That's where the Rembrandt is.


I have to go.

You said I could leave?

- Yes.

Didn't you notice anything?

The painting.

The man lying there is Aris Kindt.

He's just been hanged for theft

It's Doctor Tulp

giving the anatomy lesson.

They should have cut open

the abdomen first.

But they dissected the

left hand instead.

There's a mistake.

The hand is wrong.

It's the opposite one.

It's the right hand and it's too large.

I don'! think Rembrandt made a mistake.

You see the atlas?

It's an anatomy atlas.

They're all staring at it.

He is, he is, they all are.

And the hand is painted

like a depiction in the atlas.

Rembrandt includes something

that we can'! see,

only they can:

The depiction of a hand.

Due to this mistake we no longer look

through the doctors' eyes.

We see him, Aris Kindt.

The victim.

We are with him, not with them.

I'm tired, I have to get home.

Me too, shall IA drive you?

I need some air.


I seemed a bit boastful

with the lab

and the analysis of the painting.

See you tomorrow.

Did you get the money?

- Yes.

You have to pack it so it's water-tight

- Via the water'?


- Soon.

Very soon.


Having troubles?


Are you lost?

My colleague had gone...

for a pee?

Anything else you need?

Not that I can think of.

Tell me, I'll gel it for you.

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