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Twin Sisters (2002)

De Tweeling (original title)
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.


Ben Sombogaart


Tessa de Loo (novel), Marieke van der Pol (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Vogel Ellen Vogel ... Lotte senior
Gudrun Okras Gudrun Okras ... Anna senior
Thekla Reuten ... Jonge Lotte
Nadja Uhl ... Jonge Anna
Julia Koopmans Julia Koopmans ... Kleine Lotte
Sina Richardt Sina Richardt ... Kleine Anna
Betty Schuurman Betty Schuurman ... Moeder Rockanje
Jaap Spijkers Jaap Spijkers ... Vader Rockanje
Roman Knizka ... Martin
Margarita Broich ... Martha
Ingo Naujoks ... Uncle Heinrich Bamberg
Barbara Auer ... Charlotte
Jeroen Spitzenberger ... David
Hans Somers Hans Somers ... Bram
Hans Trentelman 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Anna goes to the Netherlands, not long after the war, and asks someone for help how to find her sister's address. The information is denied because Anna speaks German. In the novel there is an incident on a streetcar: a kind man offers Anna a seat and becomes angry if Anna thanks him in German. Of course the streetcar incident was harder to do in a movie: it required a postwar streetcar and many people in postwar clothing. See more »


The BM sailing boat used by Lotte and David has sails with transparent plastic windows. These did not exist before the war. See more »


Featured in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »

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Bring your handkerchiefs
14 July 2007 | by paaskynenSee all my reviews

Twin Sisters is a truly excellent film detailing how social and war experiences influence lives and drive people apart. It is a vein in Dutch film making which has already resulted in other critically acclaimed films like The Assault (1985). The central premise of separated twins growing up under different circumstances in different social circles has been explored in literature before, for example in the novel "Kronprinsarna" (1972) by Swedish author Lars Ardelius, but the novel "Twins" (1993) by Tessa de Loo has the added element of the Second World War and all the suffering that it entailed. The film follows the novel quite closely which has resulted in a richly layered drama in which nothing is as black and white as history may make us believe. The SS-officer is a reluctant soldier and a loving husband, while the culture-loving Dutchman hiding Jews in his house is a reluctant hero and a petty man. Through the eyes of the twin sisters we are able to appreciate the war experience of German and Dutch people and understand how it drove people apart and how hard it was for them to reconcile. The attempts of the German sister to reach out to her twin even at a very advanced age make for some very moving drama that will leave no one indifferent.

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Netherlands | Luxembourg


Dutch | German | English | French

Release Date:

12 December 2002 (Netherlands) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,207, 8 May 2005

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Company Credits

Production Co:

IDTV Film, Samsa Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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