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Twice Born (2013)



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Italian actor/director Sergio Castellitto takes the helm for this romantic war drama concerning a mother who finds her memories of a tragic romance stirred during a trip to Sarajevo with her teenage son. The year was 1984. With the Winter Olympics fast approaching, Gemma (Penélope Cruz) was in Bosnia when she fell in love with dashing American photographer Diego (Emile Hirsch). Their passions burned bright during their brief time together, but shortly after Gemma voiced her desire to become a mother, civil war erupted and plunged the country -- and their romance -- into chaos. Flash forward to present day, when Gemma receives word that an exhibition of Diego's photographs is about to go on display in Sarajevo. Still very much haunted by her complex and difficult past, Gemma boards a plane bound for Sarajevo with her teenage son. The moment she steps off the plane, the memories come rushing back. Later, as Gemma escorts her son around the city sharing stories from her youth, everything she sees seems to stir vivid memories of that ill-fated love affair, and the many ways that the harrowing experience shaped her into the person she is today. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
R (for violence including a rape scene, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug content)
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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (14)

It's debatable whether the best love stories are also the "weirdest," as Emile Hirsch's character declares in "Twice Born." But they do require chemistry, the missing piece in his pairing with Penélope Cruz.

Full Review… | January 2, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Sergio Castellitto's film projects a tumultuous love story against the backdrop of the Bosnian War for independence, and then seems unaware that the foreground overshadows it in the worst possible way.

Full Review… | December 6, 2013
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"Twice Born" chokes to death on its own melodrama.

Full Review… | December 6, 2013
New York Post
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A magnificent performance from Penelope Cruz.

Full Review… | December 6, 2013
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Yes, it's all as clunky and tasteless as the description suggests, and the awkward casting doesn't improve this overlong drama.

Full Review… | December 6, 2013
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One odd movie, from the casting of its leads to its backdrop to its final twist.

Full Review… | December 6, 2013
Detroit News
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What a sad story! it was very interesting and it had some potential but in the end, it didn't reach its full potential!

Lucero Cervantes
Lucero Cervantes

This nonlinear dramance happens during the war in Bosnia. Main characters go through a lot of frustrations during their attempt to have a child. Story is lined with great unexpected twists. Aging make-up was well done, very convincing!

Wilmar Gamez
Wilmar Gamez

I wasn't expecting this movie to be that good. At the beginning I was even kind of bored but then it was so unexpected and amazing! Great story taken from the horrible war but with a nice twist.

Heidi Guerra
Heidi Guerra

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