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Slow but Sure,
This review is from: Barbara [DVD] (DVD)
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I agree with the consensus of views that this is a slow film. Perhaps another adjective which might be better is "deliberate'. There are long pauses in conversation and lingering shots in silence. The film is set in the DDR and conveys the general bleakness of that state. However not withstanding these criticisms there is tension as Barbara (very personally) and her apartment is searched by the police. She is suspected of being a potential defector.The acting is understated portraying tension which at times can be Hitchcockian. The photography and montage is of a high standard. The film does rise to an exciting climax and for these reasons it is worth viewing.