Thursday, September 27, 2012

The 50th New York Film Festival: Barbara, A Quiet Stunner

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—The New York Film Festival officially begins tomorrow, but my first review of the festival went up at The House Next Door yesterday.

I'll let my review of Christian Petzold's Barbara speak for itself; the only thing I'll add is that the more I think about it, the more I kind of love it. It's definitely worth your time and perhaps a bit of your patience; this is a slow burn par excellence, a film requiring active viewing in order to simply get a sense of not only the characters, but the dangerous world in which they reside. For me, though, the quietly stunning payoff was worth the effort.

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