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In East Germany in 1980, as punishment for filing a request to move to West Germany, Barbara has been forced by the Stasi to leave her prestigious job in Berlin and move to a small hospital in a rural backwater. Monitored constantly by the Stasi, Barbara makes plans for her escape and trusts no-one. She believes her kindly boss Reiser to be a Stasi informant, but the two form a bond as they treat a young woman admitted to the hospital with meningitis, and Barbara begins to reassess her priorities.

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1 hour, 45 minutes

Last on

Sat 16 Jul 2016 02:10
BBC Two Scotland

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Role Contributor
BarbaraNina Hoss
AndreRonald Zehrfeld
Klaus SchutzRainer Bock
StellaJasna Fritzi Bauer
SchulzeChristina Hecke
JorgMark Waschke
GerhardPeter Benedict
Rentner am AutoThomas Neumann
Stationsschwester SchlösserClaudia Geisler
Hausmeisterin BungertRosa Enskat
DirectorChristian Petzold
WriterChristian Petzold
WriterHarun Farocki

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