Two Lives (2014)

Two Lives



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Europe 1990, the Berlin wall has just crumbled: Katrine, raised in East Germany, but now living in Norway for the last 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. She enjoys a happy family life with her mother, her husband, daughter and granddaughter. 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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Manus Georg Maas, Christoph Tölle, Georg Maas, Judith Kaufmann, Ståle Stein Berg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 23, 2014
Box Office: $2.3k
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as Katrine Evensen Myrd...

as Ase Evensen

as Bjarte Myrdal

as Anwalt Sven Solbach

as Anne Myrdal

as Account Executive in...

as Katrine Evensen (Jun...

as Kathrin Lehnhaber

as Anwalt Hogseth

as Hiltrud Schlömer

as Caretaker Sonnenwies...

as Danish Listener

as German Listener

as German Listener

as Reporter

as Kathrin Lehnhaber
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Critic Reviews for Two Lives

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

The personal drama is "I can't tell any more lies!" obvious, the international intrigue is lukewarm, and the big payoff, which should be a shocker, is so poorly staged as to be laughable.

Full Review… | March 27, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

"Two Lives" is an absorbing, well-acted, moderately suspenseful mystery, although its time line of events is fuzzy to the point of impenetrability.

Full Review… | February 27, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Two Lives unfolds in a slow boil of rage at the government that allowed all this emotional destruction. But Maas treats Katrine with compassion, as a victim of forces more damaging than her own ravenous hunger for love and family.

Full Review… | February 27, 2014
Top Critic

This sober look into how war, peace and politics splintered lives is circuitous, but worth puzzling out.

Full Review… | February 27, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

For an issue movie "Two Lives" is something of a nail-biter.

Full Review… | February 27, 2014
New York Post
Top Critic

Seven decades later, the creative well has somehow not yet run dry on the ripple effects of Nazi Germany's offenses, though writer-director Georg Maas's slick and sulky second feature is not another dime-a-dozen Holocaust tragedy.

Full Review… | February 25, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Two Lives


A nuanced drama that unfolds gradually as it exposes a relevant matter and delves into the complex dilemma faced by a protagonist who cannot escape her tragic web of lies, but the contrived last act has a completely unnecessary flashback that almost undermines the power of her final decision.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


With the Berlin Wall coming down, you would presume everybody would be celebrating. And then there is Katrine(Juliane Kohler) who has mixed feelings even though her daughter Anne(Julia Bache-Wiig), a single mother, has just met a lawyer, Sven(Ken Duken). His presence into their lives comes of a lawsuit Sven is planning on filing on behalf of Norwegian children who were sent to Germany to be raised during World War II and never returned. So, Katrine travels back to Germany for the first time in decades in disguise to hide any traces of herself in the official records.

Inspired by a true story, "Two Lives" is an understated, downbeat, well-acted and nuanced look at people who are caught up in the deceptions and wheels of history where for some the fiction has become the reality. Just as much, there are no heroes and the villains only work in the shadows. Sadly, the movie errs in how it dispenses information, and not just in its tricky opening sequence. This becomes especially important later on, as until the final endnote, it is implied that Katrine was a totally isolated case which would have made the depicted events that much more contrived.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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