Barbara. Christian Petzold. 2012. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The film is simple, fable-like. All roads lead to a single choice, and you're really not sure what that choice will be until it's being made, and that moment and it's aftermath are truly strikingly beautiful. The rendering of the Soviet police state is a place of quiet terror, while the rendering of the Western capitalist alternative is a place of slimy coerced compromise. The kind of movie that sticks in your brain.