By Day 3 it's become clear that the Toronto film fest 2014 is above all about the year of the actor, male and female. As I toggle between one theater and the next, I discover yet another film that raises the bar on the art of screen performance.
January is traditionally a spillover month for late-December releases, almost all of them vying for critics' awards and, of course, the Oscar. There are some worthy candidates this year, along with well-intentioned films that suffer from what might be called December Bloat.
Barbara tells the story of a doctor (Nina Hoss), who is caught applying for an exit visa from the GDR. Hoss talked about portraying Barbara's internal conflict and the painful truths of living in a Cold War-era Germany.