Barbara-ANDRE-Courtesy-of-Adopt-FilmsThis 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!)

B7My friends will be amused to see the resemblance between Zehrfeld and my partner. Not least in his pleasurable scruffiness and kindly eyes.

nina-hoss-barbara-film-540x304So 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.