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De tweeling (2002)

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.

Director:

Ben Sombogaart

Writers:

Tessa de Loo (novel), Marieke van der Pol (screenplay)
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Cast

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 Margarita Broich ... Martha
Ingo Naujoks Ingo Naujoks ... Uncle Heinrich Bamberg
Barbara Auer ... Charlotte
Jeroen Spitzenberger ... David
Hans Somers Hans Somers ... Bram
Hans Trentelman Hans Trentelman ... Meneer De Vries
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Storyline

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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twins | love | epic | f rated | child abuse | See All (10) »

Taglines:

Verbonden Voor Het Leven, Gescheiden Tot De Dood. (Bound For Life, Separated Until Death.)

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Netherlands | Luxembourg

Language:

Dutch | German | English | French

Release Date:

12 December 2002 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Twin sisters See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,207, 8 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross 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

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Thekla Reuten initially showed interest in playing Anna, but director Ben Sombogaart thought she would be better suited to play Lotte. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Anna is dancing with the soldiers in early 1940, a couple of them are seen wearing the close combat bar over the left breast pocket on their uniforms. The award was instituted in November 1942. See more »

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

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Sad, but Inspiring.
15 June 2003 | by JuchSee all my reviews

I read the book, De Tweeling by Tessa de Loo, and I must say that the movie most certainly lived up to the high quality of the book, in some ways even surpassed it.

The movie is about two little girls, obviously twins, who tragically get separated. One to work on a farm, the other to live with rich relatives in The Netherlands to recover from her tbc. The movie then jumps to present where to two elderly sisters meet again in a spa. However, their meeting is far from loving and it becomes clear that some scar from the past obstructs the reunion of these two sisters.

The movie then brilliantly uses flashbacks to reveal the scar that has separated the two for life, and it mostly comes down to the second world war, both living and experiences it in a different way and place.


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