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Twin Sisters (2002)

De tweeling (original title)
Twin Sisters is an epic love story based on the Dutch bestseller by Tessa de Loo that has been read by more than 3.5 million readers in Holland and Germany.

Director:

Ben Sombogaart

Writers:

Tessa de Loo (novel), Marieke van der Pol (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Vogel Ellen Vogel ... Lotte senior
Gudrun Okras Gudrun Okras ... Anna senior
Thekla Reuten ... Jonge Lotte
Nadja Uhl ... Jonge Anna
Julia Koopmans Julia Koopmans ... Kleine Lotte
Sina Richardt Sina Richardt ... Kleine Anna
Betty Schuurman Betty Schuurman ... Moeder Rockanje
Jaap Spijkers Jaap Spijkers ... Vader Rockanje
Roman Knizka ... Martin
Margarita Broich ... Martha
Ingo Naujoks ... Uncle Heinrich Bamberg
Barbara Auer ... Charlotte
Jeroen Spitzenberger ... David
Hans Somers Hans Somers ... Bram
Hans Trentelman Hans Trentelman ... Meneer De Vries
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Storyline

1920s Germany. Two Sisters aged six years, no sooner see their remaining parent buried when they are torn apart. Lotte goes to live with her upper middle class Dutch aunt in Holland, Anna to work as a farm hand on her German uncle's rural farm. The story follows their lives as they try to reconcile their differences while World War II impacts each of them on their lives and finally in old age when they meet again, with the hope that the differences in their youth can finally be reconciled. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Verbonden Voor Het Leven, Gescheiden Tot De Dood. (Bound For Life, Separated Until Death.)

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief sexuality and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Netherlands | Luxembourg

Language:

Dutch | German | English | French

Release Date:

12 December 2002 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Twin sisters See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,207, 8 May 2005

Gross USA:

$1,563

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,938,165
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Company Credits

Production Co:

IDTV Film, Samsa Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Anna is dancing with the soldiers in early 1940, a couple of them are seen wearing the close combat bar over the left breast pocket on their uniforms. The award was instituted in November 1942. See more »

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Featured in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »

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Beautiful WW II drama with a great story.
3 April 2004 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

"De Tweeling" is more than just another WW II drama and truly adds something and is made interesting by a very good story.

The story is truly the power of this movie. It shows the perspective of WW II from the Dutch as well as the German side, which makes this movie really interesting and powerful. It shows how the twin sisters that already didn't had any contact for years are driven further out of each other because of WW II. It doesn't only show the Nazi-German military perspective of war but also that of the German civilians and in a way helps you to understand why so many Germans supported the Nazi's in WW II. It's a shame that there are still some "typical book elements" present in the movie that I sure work fine in the book but not in the movie, including the typical book ending (I say no more.).

The acting is for especially Dutch standards pretty high. Jeroen Spitzenberger acts magnificent but of course also the German actors pull of very well.

There are some excellent and impressive scene's. The movie doesn't show any gore or horror of WW II but focuses on the emotional effects of it on individuals and especially the twin sisters of course, of which one grew up in the Netherlands and the other in Germany. It doesn't only show the effects of the relationship between the two during the war but also long after it.

I even like it a bit better as "The Pianist".

9/10

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