Barbara (2017 film)

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Film poster
Directed byMathieu Amalric
Produced byPatrick Godeau
Written byMathieu Amalric
Philippe Di Folco
StarringJeanne Balibar
M. Amalric
Pierre Michon
CinematographyChristophe Beaucarne
Edited byFrançois Gédigier
Distributed byGaumont
Release date
  • 18 May 2017 (2017-05-18) (Cannes)
  • 6 September 2017 (2017-09-06) (France)
Running time
107 minutes
Box office$2.9 million[1]

Barbara is a 2017 French drama film directed by Mathieu Amalric.[2][3] It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival where it won The Poetry of Cinema Award.[4] The film was awarded Prix Jean Vigo 2017, the Prix Louis-Delluc 2017 and the Cesar for Best Actress for Jeanne Balibar.


Brigitte is preparing for the role of the famous French singer Barbara. The actress carefully studies the character, gestures, manners, and intonations. She learns the music scores, mimics her facial expression, but, as Brigitte does and more and more of it, she gradually merges with the character. The director is also preparing to shoot the film: he studies archival footage and painstakingly selects the music. He is inspired and even possessed—but with Barbara or with her new incarnation?



On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 86% based on 14 reviews, and an average rating of 6.8/10.[5]


  1. ^ "Barbara (2017)". Box Office Mojo (IMDb). Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  2. ^ "The 2017 Official Selection". Cannes Film Festival. 13 April 2017. Archived from the original on 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  3. ^ Winfrey, Graham (13 April 2017). "2017 Cannes Film Festival Announces Lineup: Todd Haynes, Sofia Coppola, 'Twin Peaks' and More". IndieWire. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  4. ^ Lodge, Guy (27 May 2017). "'A Man of Integrity,' 'Wind River,' 'Barbara' Take Un Certain Regard Awards at Cannes". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Barbara (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 10 April 2018.

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