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

Gross:

$2,311 (USA) (7 March 2014)
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Great idea, scenery, and casting but bad plot
15 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sadly the plot falls apart. The more you understand what has happened, the less plausible it is.

The seaside, buildings, mountains, etc. make for gorgeous background.

The characters are portrayed with depth and sympathy. Each deals appropriately with the stresses that they are under, and you can understand their actions.

The plot moves a long at a good pace, with flashbacks becoming clearer as the movie progresses.

But sadly when all is revealed, the plot has more holes than Romeo and Juliet. Coincidences, unlucky timing, unrealistic actions by professionals, ... it has them all.


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