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Two Lives (2012)

Zwei Leben (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | 19 October 2012 (Norway)
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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."

Directors:

Georg Maas, Judith Kaufmann (co-director)

Writers:

Georg Maas (screenplay), Christoph Tölle (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliane Köhler ... Katrine Evensen Myrdal
Liv Ullmann ... Ase Evensen
Sven Nordin Sven Nordin ... Bjarte Myrdal
Julia Bache-Wiig Julia Bache-Wiig ... Anne Myrdal
Ken Duken ... Sven Solbach
Rainer Bock ... Hugo
Thomas Lawinky Thomas Lawinky ... Kahlmann
Klara Manzel Klara Manzel ... Young Katrine Evensen
Vicky Krieps ... Kathrin Lehnhaber
Dennis Storhøi ... Lawyer Hogseth
Ursula Werner ... Hiltrud Schlömer
Jürgen Rißmann Jürgen Rißmann ... Detective Lattoch (as Jurgen Rissmann)
Ralf Dittrich Ralf Dittrich ... Caretaker Sonnenwiese
Christian Steyer ... Archivist
Ellen Brigitte Winthe Ellen Brigitte Winthe ... Marit (as Ellen Brigitte Winther)
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Germany's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 86th Academy Awards 2014. See more »

Goofs

The photo printing shop that Katrine works in featured the Fujifilm Frontier 350, a laser printer with a digital scanner attached. This photographic printer was not released onto the market until 2000. See more »


Soundtracks

Missionary of Peace
by Christoph M. Kaiser / Julian Maas
Label: 2013 Colosseum Music Entertainment GmbH
© 2013 Farbfilm Verleih AG
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Complex story beautifully acted
29 August 2014 | by Bonz99See all my reviews

You can read summaries of this movie's plot line elsewhere. This movie is all about Juliane Kohler's heart-searing portrayal of a woman coming to terms with her past. For me, five stars on Netflix, ten stars on IMDb.

Some have written that the plot is implausible. It is not. It is fascinating. I had never before heard of Juliane Kohler until coming across this movie on Netflix, but I now expect to see everything I can find with her. She is absolutely riveting. Her astonishingly expressive face is the centerpoint of every scene. In fact, at nearly fifty years of age, she is more beautiful than photos I have seen of her in movies ten and twenty years earlier.

Too, Liv Ullman is wonderful as her mother. I haven't see Ms. Ullman since her films with Ingmar Bergman in the late 50's and 60's, followed by the wonderful "The Emigrants". She has been too long away from the camera.The rest of the cast is also excellent. But Ms. Kohler: oh my, oh my, oh my.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Germany | Norway

Language:

German | Norwegian | English | Russian | Danish

Release Date:

19 October 2012 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Lives See more »

Filming Locations:

North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,303, 2 March 2014

Gross USA:

$22,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,649,260
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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