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Barbara (2017)

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An actress, Brigitte, is preparing to play famous French songstress, Barbara in a new film. Brigitte works on her character, studying Barbara's voice, her songs, gestures and the way she carried herself. Eventually, the character of Barbara starts to take her over. As things progress, Yves, the director becomes infatuated with her -- but does his infatuation lie with Brigitte the actress, or Barbara?

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

Mr. Amalric plays Yves as a still-besotted fan of Barbara, and as a director he's a still-besotted fan of Ms. Balibar's. He is wise in his enthusiasms.

October 11, 2018 | Full Review…

In Barbara, the process of filmmaking is shown to be a nesting series of shells that allow one to be simultaneously freed and lost.

October 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An oddly alluring film that does a double backflip on hokey showbiz-bio convention: not an informative introduction to the singer by any means, but a suitably eccentric evocation of her creative essence.

May 19, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Apart from occasional highs linked to songs, such as a beautiful scene of Brigitte in silhouette at the piano singing "Je ne sais pas dire," there's not much development here.

May 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Amalric is an astute student of cinema. He is keenly aware of the medium and knows how to benefit from its possibilities but not in a showy way. His aimlessness is also his best asset. The film is rhythmic, fluid and free. One of the year's best.

February 13, 2021 | Full Review…

Barbara deviates from what is expected from a conventional biopic, and its proposal includes several stimulating points with which, unfortunately, Amalric never manages to do anything worthwhile. [Full Review in Spanish]

July 24, 2019 | Full Review…

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