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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Anne Myrdal
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Sven Solbach
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Hugo
Thomas Lawincky ...
Kahlmann (as Thomas Lawinky)
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 (as Jurgen Rissmann)
Ralf Dittrich ...
Caretaker Sonnenwiese
Christian Steyer ...
Archivist
Ellen Brigitte Winthe ...
Marit (as Ellen Brigitte Winther)
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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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Box Office

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

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$2,311 (USA) (7 March 2014)
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I Once Lived Here
by Christoph M. Kaiser / Julian Maas
Label: 2013 Colosseum Music Entertainment GmbH
© 2013 Farbfilm Verleih AG
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What a Surprise! John Le Carre Quality Espionage Story, Great Acting
10 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I expected a 'small' film, very Scandinavian and moody about not much of anything. Instead, one of the most intriguing and suspenseful espionage stories ever AND based on a true case! Beautifully scripted, crisply directed and Liv Ullmann deftly underplaying her role steals every scene she is in! The spycraft is top-rate and believable and the human elements, above all, make this endlessly fascinating. I am not easy to please when it comes to Cold War thrillers.

The central character is endlessly fascinating to think about. The way she lives a lie and yet really and truly loves and has a family. Seldom does a movie keep me thinking long afterwards as this did.


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