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Twice Born (2012)

Venuto al mondo (original title)
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A mother brings her teenage son to Sarajevo, where his father died in the Bosnian conflict years ago.

Director:

Sergio Castellitto

Writers:

Margaret Mazzantini (novel), Sergio Castellitto (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penélope Cruz ... Gemma
Emile Hirsch ... Diego
Adnan Haskovic ... Gojco
Saadet Aksoy ... Aska
Pietro Castellitto ... Pietro
Mira Furlan ... Velida
Jovan Divjak Jovan Divjak
Vinicio Marchioni ... Gemma's husband
Branko Djuric ... Doctor (as Branko Duric)
Jane Birkin ... Psicologa
Luca De Filippo Luca De Filippo ... Armando
Sergio Castellitto ... Giuliano
Bruno Armando Bruno Armando
Fausto Russo Alesi
Juan Carlos Vellido ... Official Ministry
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Storyline

The fervent affair of the Italian Gemma and the American photographer Diego will be put to the test by the insurmountable problem of infertility, as the couple's desperate desire to conceive will prompt them to make difficult choices. Now, sixteen years after the 1992 siege of Sarajevo, Gemma--after accepting her old friend Gojko's invitation--will return to the once war-torn city accompanied by her 16-year-old son, Pietro, only to unearth powerful memories and bottled-up emotions. But, there, decades after her perilous escape, Gemma is also in for a terrible and tragic revelation--one that will uncover the true horrors of war and the full extent of her loss. Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

A war. A son. A trip. A hope. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including a rape scene, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

English | Italian | Bosnian

Release Date:

6 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twice Born See more »

Filming Locations:

Bosnia-Herzegovina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,947, 8 December 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,947, 8 December 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Emile Hirsch (Diego) is the only American in the cast. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gemma: [on phone] Hello?
Gojco: [on the other end] May I speak with Gemma?
Gemma: This is Gemma.
Gojco: Gemma? Gemma, is that really you?
Gemma: Gojco?
Gojco: Yes, Gemma. It's me
Gemma: My Gojco?
Gojco: Your Gojco.
[laughs]
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Soundtracks

Lullaby
Written by Sia (as S. Furler), Samuel Dixon (as S. Dixon)
Performed by Sia (as SIA)
© Chrysalis Music Ltd.
Published in Italy by Bmg Rights Management Italy S.r.l.
© 2005 Emi Music Publishing S.r.l.
(p) 2008 Monkey Puzzle Records ltd.
Courtesy of Universal Music Italia Srl
Courtesy of i.e : three Ltd
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tough and wonderful
23 November 2012 | by criirsara2000See all my reviews

As I liked a lot the last movie directed by Castellitto and with Penelope Cruz based on a book by Margaret Mazzantini, I was sure I would like this one, even if I know the story would not be an easy one and quite a tragic one.

I absolutely adored the performance of Emile Hirsch, wonderful actor, absolutely great in the role he had her, wish there would be more movies with him. Cruz is also fantastic. And, as as someone very interested in the Bosnain war, and who wishes to visit Sarajevo so much, it was also interesting that the story was settled there, in a war forgotten by the world.

The whole story can be at some point difficult to understand, but this movie is absolutely worth to be seen.


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