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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 »


Anna and Martin are seen wearing their wedding rings on their left hands. In Germany and Austria however, people wear them on their right hands. See more »


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

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Twin Sisters, finally quality from Holland
25 January 2005 | by wstolkSee all my reviews

Little did I like Dutch cinema before I first saw this movie. The Colours are hardly professional and the acting is not always too good. But Ben Sombogaard has delivered a Dutch film of which we can be proud.

The film about two separated twin-sisters is situated mostly in the Second World War. Anna and Lotte both live in different countries. Anna lives in Germany were she is poor and attracted by the promises of the National-Socialism. Lotte lives in a rich family in the Netherlands. Living separate lives, the become more and more detached from each other. Finding each other in a Spa in Luxembourg brings back more and more memories. But can they forgive each other...

Ben Sombogaard did a great job in shooting the film of this popular Dutch book. Particulairly should be mentioned the fact that he choose never to make a film about the war. The confusions and drama between the two sisters are the most important storyline. The war is only (a very important!!) background. A must see for everybody, especially Dutch people!

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Netherlands | Luxembourg


Dutch | German | English | French

Release Date:

12 December 2002 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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