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Two Lives (2012)
"Zwei Leben" (original title)

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As the Berlin Wall crumbles, Katrine, the daughter of a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier, finds her idyllic life disrupted as she refuses to testify a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of her fellow "war children."

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Katrine Evensen Myrdal
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Ase Evensen
Sven Nordin ...
Bjarte Myrdal
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Sven Solbach
Julia Bache-Wiig ...
Anne Myrdal
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Hugo
Thomas Lawincky ...
Kahlmann
Klara Manzel ...
Young Katrine Evensen
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Kathrin Lehnhaber
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Lawyer Hogseth
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Hiltrud Schlömer
Jürgen Rißmann ...
Detective Lattoch
Ralf Dittrich ...
Clerk at Sonnenwiese
Christian Steyer ...
Archivist
Mathias Harrebye-Brandt ...
Danish Interrogator
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Europe 1990, the Berlin wall has just crumbled: Katrine, raised in East Germany, now living in Norway since 20 years, is a war child: the result of a love relationship between a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier during World War II. Katrine enjoys a happy family life, with her mother, her husband, daughter and grand-daughter. But when a lawyer asks her and her mother to witness in a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of the war children, she resists. Gradually, a web of concealment and secrets is unveiled, until Katrine is finally stripped of everything, and her loved ones are forced to take a stand: What carries more weight, the life they have lived together, or the lie it is based on? Written by Anonymous

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She built one life on love, the other on deceit.

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$1,303 (USA) (28 February 2014)

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$2,311 (USA) (7 March 2014)
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Gripping and emotional, never a dull moment
1 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I stumbled across this whilst looking for German language films and although it's mostly in Norwegian, I still had to watch because the plot sounded fascinating.

I thought I had it all figured out from the beginning and that I knew exactly how it would end. I was wrong.

When dealing with conspiracies and far-fetched seeming events, the best way to go about it is with subtlety and understatement. Juliane Köhler as the lead 'Katrine', manages to portray the urgency, danger and horror of the situation whilst still being sympathetic. I honestly didn't know who to feel most sorry for by the end of it all.

The only criticism I have (and hence why not 10/10), is that I would have liked to have seen more of the family and how they subsequently dealt with the tragic revelations.

I'm very glad I watched this and it's an easy recommendation from me.

9/10


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