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De tweeling (2002)

Twin Sisters is an epic love story based on the Dutch bestseller by Tessa de Loo that has been read by more than 3.5 million readers in Holland and Germany.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Vogel ...
Lotte senior
Gudrun Okras ...
Anna senior
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Jonge Lotte
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Jonge Anna
Julia Koopmans ...
Kleine Lotte
Sina Richardt ...
Kleine Anna
Betty Schuurman ...
Moeder Rockanje
Jaap Spijkers ...
Vader Rockanje
Roman Knizka ...
Martin
Margarita Broich ...
Martha
Ingo Naujoks ...
Uncle Heinrich Bamberg
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Charlotte
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David
Hans Somers ...
Bram
Hans Trentelman ...
Meneer De Vries
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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Verbonden Voor Het Leven, Gescheiden Tot De Dood. (Bound For Life, Separated Until Death.)

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Drama | Romance | War

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Rated R for brief sexuality and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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12 December 2002 (Netherlands)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,207, 8 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,207, 8 May 2005
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

The BM sailing boat used by Lotte and David has sails with transparent plastic windows. These did not exist before the war. See more »

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Featured in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »

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Beautiful WW II drama with a great story.
3 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

"De Tweeling" is more than just another WW II drama and truly adds something and is made interesting by a very good story.

The story is truly the power of this movie. It shows the perspective of WW II from the Dutch as well as the German side, which makes this movie really interesting and powerful. It shows how the twin sisters that already didn't had any contact for years are driven further out of each other because of WW II. It doesn't only show the Nazi-German military perspective of war but also that of the German civilians and in a way helps you to understand why so many Germans supported the Nazi's in WW II. It's a shame that there are still some "typical book elements" present in the movie that I sure work fine in the book but not in the movie, including the typical book ending (I say no more.).

The acting is for especially Dutch standards pretty high. Jeroen Spitzenberger acts magnificent but of course also the German actors pull of very well.

There are some excellent and impressive scene's. The movie doesn't show any gore or horror of WW II but focuses on the emotional effects of it on individuals and especially the twin sisters of course, of which one grew up in the Netherlands and the other in Germany. It doesn't only show the effects of the relationship between the two during the war but also long after it.

I even like it a bit better as "The Pianist".

9/10

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