Director: Christian Petzold, Drama 2011/2012, colour, 108 minutes,
The GDR, nine years before the wall comes down: After applying for a permission to emigrate, East German doctor Barbara gets arrested. After her release she gets transferred from the capital into a provincial hospital on the Baltic Sea coast, always kept under surveillance and harassed by the Secret Police. Planning her escape with her West German lover, Barbara seals herself off from colleagues, neighbors and the life in the small town. Only her patients are respected by her, especially young runaway Stella’s future bothers the doctor. Supported by her colleague and superior André she tries to help the young girl. Again and again André tries to get his new colleague out of her shell and to connect with her, but what is the reason for his interest in Barbara? Is he in love with her - or cooperating with the Secret Police? Barbara starts losing control about the situation and her feelings whereas the day of the planned escape approaches.