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Twin Sisters (2002)
"De tweeling" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  12 December 2002 (Netherlands)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Ellen Vogel ...
Lotte senior
Gudrun Okras ...
Anna senior
Jonge Lotte
Jonge Anna
Julia Koopmans ...
Kleine Lotte
Sina Richardt ...
Kleine Anna
Betty Schuurman ...
Moeder Rockanje
Jaap Spijkers ...
Vader Rockanje
Roman Knizka ...
Margarita Broich ...
Ingo Naujoks ...
Uncle Heinrich Bamberg
Barbara Auer ...
Jeroen Spitzenberger ...
Hans Somers ...
Hans Trentelman ...
Meneer De Vries


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.)


Drama | Romance | War

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

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Release Date:

12 December 2002 (Netherlands)  »

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Twin sisters  »

Box Office

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$1,207 (USA) (6 May 2005)


$1,207 (USA) (6 May 2005)

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Anna and Martin are seen wearing their wedding rings on their left hands. In Germany and Austria however, people wear them on their right hands. See more »


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A fine Dutch export product.
13 May 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Apparently "De Tweeling" or "The Twins" has been based on a very popular Dutch novel. I'm not able to compare the movie with the book, because I haven't read it yet, but I can and will tell you something about this movie and how I feel about it.

The movie starts in the 1920's when, after the death of their parents, the two twin sisters are separated at the age of six. One of them will stay in Germany where she'll have to work hard on her uncle's farm, the other sister will live with her upper middle class Dutch aunt and uncle in Holland. For many years the girls try to contact each other but both families are able to intercept their letters and to make them believe that the other sister is dead. While they both grow older and the Second World War affects their lives in a very profound way, both try to renew their bond several times, but fail time after time because of different reasons. Only at the end of their lives, they are able to forgive and forget...

Even though the movie has its weaker moments, overall this is some very nice and touching cinema. Especially the beginning and the end of the movie are hard to forget. And even though I'm not Dutch myself (I'm from their 'little neighbor' in the South), I could easily recognize the feelings between the Germans and the Dutch. I don't know if anybody has his or her doubts about that, but the movie exactly shows it as it was during those days (not that I experienced it myself, I was born more than 30 years after the war).

If you are looking for an alternative war movie, than this is certainly something for you. By alternative I mean that you won't see any soldiers fighting or bombs exploding, but you'll get an idea of how life was for the civilians who had to try to survive during the German occupation. Another reason why I call it alternative is because the movie does not only cover the small time period of 1938-1944, the period in which Europe was in the war. It tells the story between the 1920's and the present day.

What might be a bit confusing from time to time is the fact that the actors constantly switch between German and Dutch (especially at the end of the movie). Of course, when you don't understand anything of both languages and have to read the subtitles, you won't even notice. But anyway, I must congratulate the Dutch with this movie (as a Belgian this hurts a bit, hahaha). With this one, they have a nice movie they can be proud of. I give it a 7.5/10.

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