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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."


Georg Maas, Judith Kaufmann (co-director)


Georg Maas (screenplay), Christoph Tölle (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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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)


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.


Drama | Thriller


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


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 »


Dear Bjarte
by Christoph M. Kaiser / Julian Maas
Label: 2013 Colosseum Music Entertainment GmbH
© 2013 Farbfilm Verleih AG
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A Credible Story of Espionage, Drama, Love and Thriller Based on True Events
17 July 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Norway, Katrine Evensen Myrdal (Juliane Köhler) is a middle-aged woman happily married with Navy Commander Bjarte Myrdal (Sven Nordin). Katrine loves her daughter Anne (Julia Bache-Wiig) that is a single mother; her granddaughter Turid; and her mother Ase Evensen (Liv Ullmann) that helps Anne to raise Turid. Katrine's father was a German occupation soldier during the World War II and Katrine was taken by the German government and raised in the Sachsen Orphanage in East Germany. At the age of 20, Katrine escapes from East Germany and comes to Norway to meet her mother.

In November 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German lawyer Sven Solbach (Ken Duken) seeks Katrine and her mother out to give the testimony in a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of the war children. Katrine refuses to testify, but Ase accepts and turns the life of her daughter upside-down when Sven discloses hidden dark secrets from her life.

"Zwei Leben" is a spectacular German-Norwegian film with a credible story of espionage, drama, love and thriller based on true events unknown for great part of the world. The screenplay is very well written, disclosing the truth about the mysterious Katrine through flashbacks like a puzzle. The performances are top-notch, highlighting the fantastic German actress Juliane Köhler from "Aimée & Jaguar", "Nowhere in Africa" and "Downfall" among other great movies. It is different to see Liv Ullmann an old lady after so many movies by Ingmar Bergman. In the end, "Zwei Lebe" is a highly recommended movie with an engaging sad story. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Duas Vidas" ("Two Lives")

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19 October 2012 (Norway) See more »

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