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Two Lives (2012)

Zwei Leben (original title)
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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Cast

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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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19 October 2012 (Norway)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$2,311 (USA) (7 March 2014)
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19 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Two Lives" is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. I watched it on Netflix. It's a German movie that takes place in Norway shortly after reunification of Germany. Part of the story is about a woman, played by Liv Ullman, who fell in love with a German soldier during the war and they had a daughter. After the war, such women were shunned and the children sent to orphanages in Germany. To say more would give away too much. It's a masterfully written screenplay about fictional people, but such events did happen. One small part I could have skipped, otherwise an excellent portrayal of a sobering story. It's the kind of movie where you watch all the credits roll by at the end because you can't turn it off.


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