26 January 2014
This is Ronald Zehrfeld from the film Barbara (2012) as André, a doctor in the rural East German hospital where the titular character (Nina Hoss) is banished by the Stasi in 1980. The film is pretty good — it follows Barbara’s own questioning as she wonders whether to try to escape to the West to live with her longtime lover.
André turns out to be a far more complex and compelling figure than she initially believes, even if he has reconciled himself to rural life in a primitive hospital. It takes her an inordinately long time to see in him a possible love interest. (Which is ridiculous. Look at him! Especially in contrast with the Stasi guy!)
So on a day when the slightly warmer temperatures are starting to melt the ice on our front steps, I forego the rigors of writing a proper post by noting my new film crush — even though I acknowledge I like him so much due to the resemblances. I promise, an actual post soon.