Twin Sisters (2005)
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Twin Sisters has the engrossing quality of a big historical novel and about the same level of sentimental artistry.
Twin Sisters has the what-will- happen-next energy of a page-turner.
A handsomely appointed, solidly acted feature.
Audience Reviews for Twin Sisters
Tear jerker all the way through. Vivid images, superb acting, beautiful heart wrenching story. Based on a famous Dutch novel, this filmed version was one of the five "Best Foreign Film" nominees for 2004's Academy Award. The two actresses who portray the twin sisters from late teens to early middle age are quite good, and the sets, costumes and WWII sensibility are wonderful. Good movie!
This movie literally moved me to tears at the end, and I'm not generally a crier over movies. It does have a few holes in the plot, and the two actresses who play the sisters in their old age are frankly unconvincing as the older versions of the young women, particularly the one who played old Anna. But the rest of this movie is so beautifully done I could forgive it those few things. Nadja Uhl, in particular is fantastic. Both the actress and the character I found entirely believable and interesting. The grown up Lotte is less likeable, although Thekla Reuten does a fine job of portraying her, she is simply an irritating person! This movie kind of reminded me of Atonement in a way. Equally moving and also shows the effects of war on people's lives. If you like an epic story you can really get your teeth into, and don't miind reading subtitles, this one is highly recommended!
In 1928, twin sisters Lotte(Julia Koopmans) and Anna(Sina Richardt) are orphaned and split up. Lotte, suffering from consumption, is sent to wealthy relatives in Holland to recover while Anna gets to stay and shovel cow manure. Even after Lotte gets better, no attempt is made to reunite the twins. By 1936, Anna(Nadja Uhl) and Lotte(Thekla Reuten) are old enough to start taking an interest in boys. Lotte is rather fond of David(Jeroen Spitzenberger) while Anna takes a liking to Bernd(Markus Von Lingen), a young Nazi, which so angers her uncle Heinrich(Ingo Naujoks) that he beats her severely enough for the pastor(Germain Wagner) to finally intercede on her behalf.
While taking place on familiar ground, "Twin Sisters" adds a new spin with its Dickensian tale that seeks to explore identity when it is at its most important.(I was a little confused at first because Dutch and German sound similar to my untrained ears which might have been the point.) Through ignorance, Anna pays lip service to the Nazi party line but essentially remains a kind person. Along these same lines, the movie validates Bill Hicks when he pointed out how patriotism is linked to no more than where we are born. So while our fates may come down to a matter of timing, looking back on events may cause us to see a pattern that was never there in the first place.
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