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Twin Sisters (2013)

Tvillingsøstrene (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 2013 (Norway)
The true story of twin sisters from China, adopted by two separate sets of parents.
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Cast overview:
Alexandra Hauglum Alexandra Hauglum ... Herself, Mia's twin sister
Mia Hansen Mia Hansen ... Herself, Alexandra's twin sister
Wenche Hauglum Wenche Hauglum ... Herself, Alexandra's adoptive mother
Sigmund Hauglum Sigmund Hauglum ... Himself, Alexandra's adoptive father
Angela Hansen Angela Hansen ... Herself, Mia's adoptive mother
Andy Hansen Andy Hansen ... Himself, Mia's adoptive father


Documentary telling the poignant true story of twin sisters from China, found as babies in a cardboard box in 2003 and adopted by two separate sets of parents - one from California, the other from a remote fishing village in Norway. In the US, Mia is raised a typical all-American girl, with a bustling life filled with violin lessons, girl scouts and soccer, while Alexandra grows up in the quietude of the breathtakingly beautiful but isolated village of Fresvik, Norway. Neither of the adoptive parents were told their daughters were twins, but a chance sighting at the orphanage enabled them to keep in touch, until a DNA test proved their hunch had been right. Both girls grew up knowing they had an identical twin living on the other side of the world. The film tells the remarkable story of their parallel journey, punctuated by only the odd visit, videos and photographs - until they meet for a longer visit in Norway when they are eight years old. Despite living completely different lives ...

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Fascinating and Touching
24 October 2014 | by ssinaiSee all my reviews

This is one of those treasures you unwittingly stumble across every so often. I came across the movie while browsing the PBS website. It's the story of twin infant girls in China who were adopted by different families - one from California and the other from Norway, and traces the communication and visits between the two.

I don't know that there was a deep message or lesson, but it was just fascinating to watch the two girls growing up and seeing how attached to each other they were, even though they lived so far away. Although it doesn't delve into the scientific aspects of nature vs. nurture, it also gives some insight about how much genetics and environment has to do with the development of people's personalities.

On top of that, the photography and music were excellent.

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