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Twice Born (2012)

Venuto al mondo (original title)
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A mother brings her teenage son to Sarajevo, where his father died in the Bosnian conflict years ago.

Director:

Sergio Castellitto

Writers:

Margaret Mazzantini (novel), Sergio Castellitto (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penélope Cruz ... Gemma
Emile Hirsch ... Diego
Adnan Haskovic ... Gojco
Saadet Aksoy ... Aska
Pietro Castellitto ... Pietro
Mira Furlan ... Velida
Jovan Divjak Jovan Divjak
Vinicio Marchioni ... Gemma's husband
Branko Djuric ... Doctor (as Branko Duric)
Jane Birkin ... Psicologa
Luca De Filippo Luca De Filippo ... Armando
Sergio Castellitto ... Giuliano
Bruno Armando Bruno Armando
Fausto Russo Alesi
Juan Carlos Vellido ... Official Ministry
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Storyline

The fervent affair of the Italian Gemma and the American photographer Diego will be put to the test by the insurmountable problem of infertility, as the couple's desperate desire to conceive will prompt them to make difficult choices. Now, sixteen years after the 1992 siege of Sarajevo, Gemma--after accepting her old friend Gojko's invitation--will return to the once war-torn city accompanied by her 16-year-old son, Pietro, only to unearth powerful memories and bottled-up emotions. But, there, decades after her perilous escape, Gemma is also in for a terrible and tragic revelation--one that will uncover the true horrors of war and the full extent of her loss. Written by Nick Riganas

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A war. A son. A trip. A hope. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including a rape scene, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

English | Italian | Bosnian

Release Date:

6 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twice Born See more »

Filming Locations:

Bosnia-Herzegovina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,947, 8 December 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,947, 8 December 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Emile Hirsch (Diego) is the only American in the cast. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gemma: [on phone] Hello?
Gojco: [on the other end] May I speak with Gemma?
Gemma: This is Gemma.
Gojco: Gemma? Gemma, is that really you?
Gemma: Gojco?
Gojco: Yes, Gemma. It's me
Gemma: My Gojco?
Gojco: Your Gojco.
[laughs]
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Written by D. Griffiths, D. Keeler, Fox-Harris
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© Hangman Records Ltd.
Sub-published by Fintage Publishing B.V.
© S. Harris & Steve Harris
(P) courtesy of Warner Spain a Warner Music Group company
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Challenging Film
23 November 2013 | by elemoticaSee all my reviews

When watching this film it reminded me a lot of "Incendies". Not only because of the story but also because it was almost as tough to watch. It almost felt too realistic, never giving you a chance to get comfortable. That's what makes this movie exceptional. The acting is top notch, really impressed by the performance of Penelope Cruz and Hirsch. The Make-up makes the age-differences look totally authentic. The Soundtrack also gives the film an extra dramatic feel. Even though it is over 2 hours in length you never feel bored, always keeps you excited.

8/10 stars


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