A nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life ... See full summary »
1920s Germany. Two Sisters aged six years, no sooner see their remaining parent buried when they are torn apart. Lotte goes to live with her upper middle class Dutch aunt in Holland, Anna to work as a farm hand on her German uncle's rural farm. The story follows their lives as they try to reconcile their differences while World War II impacts each of them on their lives and finally in old age when they meet again, with the hope that the differences in their youth can finally be reconciled. Written by
I did not read the book, but the film impressed me very much. A touching story and great acting. There were a few inconsistencies in the movie. That is why I do not give it the ultimate 10 out of 10.
It is a real pity it did not get any further at the Oscars. I think it definitely falls into the same category as Character, which won the Oscar for best foreign movie a few years ago.
The movie was shown as a 3 part series on Dutch TV around the holiday season. I think it included a few scenes that were deleted from the feature movie. However, the scenes are not necessary to understand the movie. In the Netherlands you can now buy the DVD in several stores for only 6 euro, a super bargain, I would say.
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