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Two Lives (2012)

Zwei Leben (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | 19 October 2012 (Norway)
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As the Berlin Wall crumbles, Katrine, the daughter of a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier, finds her idyllic life disrupted as she refuses to testify a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of her fellow "war children."

Directors:

Georg Maas, Judith Kaufmann (co-director)

Writers:

Georg Maas (screenplay), Christoph Tölle (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliane Köhler ... Katrine Evensen Myrdal
Liv Ullmann ... Ase Evensen
Sven Nordin Sven Nordin ... Bjarte Myrdal
Julia Bache-Wiig ... Anne Myrdal
Ken Duken ... Sven Solbach
Rainer Bock ... Hugo
Thomas Lawinky Thomas Lawinky ... Kahlmann
Klara Manzel Klara Manzel ... Young Katrine Evensen
Vicky Krieps ... Kathrin Lehnhaber
Dennis Storhøi ... Lawyer Hogseth
Ursula Werner ... Hiltrud Schlömer
Jürgen Rißmann Jürgen Rißmann ... Detective Lattoch (as Jurgen Rissmann)
Ralf Dittrich Ralf Dittrich ... Caretaker Sonnenwiese
Christian Steyer ... Archivist
Ellen Brigitte Winthe Ellen Brigitte Winthe ... Marit (as Ellen Brigitte Winther)
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Storyline

Europe 1990, the Berlin wall has just crumbled: Katrine, raised in East Germany, now living in Norway since 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. Katrine enjoys a happy family life, with her mother, her husband, daughter and grand-daughter. 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 web of concealment and secrets is unveiled, until Katrine is finally stripped of everything, and her loved ones are forced to take a stand: What carries more weight, the life they have lived together, or the lie it is based on? Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

She built one life on love, the other on deceit.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Germany | Norway

Language:

German | Norwegian | English | Russian | Danish

Release Date:

19 October 2012 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Dos vidas See more »

Filming Locations:

North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,303, 2 March 2014

Gross USA:

$22,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,649,260
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Germany's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 86th Academy Awards 2014. See more »

Goofs

The photo printing shop that Katrine works in featured the Fujifilm Frontier 350, a laser printer with a digital scanner attached. This photographic printer was not released onto the market until 2000. See more »


Soundtracks

Two Lives (End Titles)
by Christoph M. Kaiser / Julian Maas
Label: 2013 Colosseum Music Entertainment GmbH
© 2013 Farbfilm Verleih AG
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What a Surprise! John Le Carre Quality Espionage Story, Great Acting
10 July 2014 | by poetcomic1See all my reviews

I expected a 'small' film, very Scandinavian and moody about not much of anything. Instead, one of the most intriguing and suspenseful espionage stories ever AND based on a true case! Beautifully scripted, crisply directed and Liv Ullmann deftly underplaying her role steals every scene she is in! The spycraft is top-rate and believable and the human elements, above all, make this endlessly fascinating. I am not easy to please when it comes to Cold War thrillers.

The central character is endlessly fascinating to think about. The way she lives a lie and yet really and truly loves and has a family. Seldom does a movie keep me thinking long afterwards as this did.


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