Twin Sisters (12A)

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Time Out says

This is reportedly based on a Dutch bestseller – unsurprising, perhaps, given the schematic, sentimental, simplistic account of history it provides. Separated in 1926 when their folks die, six-year-olds Lotte and Anna are allotted neatly polarised but parallel destinies: the former is swept off to Holland by a well-to-do, liberal but overprotective couple, while the latter is left behind in Germany to slave on a filthy farm for boorish, brutally cruel Catholics. As each thereafter makes her predictable way in a world increasingly affected by Hitler and anti-Semitism, they communicate only telepathically (letters are sabotaged by their guardians) until 1939, at which conveniently fateful point the tidily tragic destinies allotted their respective lovers tear them apart again – until, of course, old age… This clichéd chronicle of solitude, suffering, grief and guilt is heavily underlined by a churning orchestral score and camerawork that’s consistently, insistently tasteful (even sex and carnage are inoffensively discreet). Nor can decent performances deepen the pallid approach to characterisation. Not good.
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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri May 6, 2005

Duration:

137 mins

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danella

Find myself a little bemused by the Time Out review. Must have been written by someone born in a place or too late to have any understanding of how families of these two neighbouring countries, particularly in the border areas, were torn apart by the war. Quite frankly I didn't even notice the score; because as this story unfolded, it so clearly echoed a family situation known to me, involving a Dutch child who was fostered out for some years to distant German relatives due to illness of the child's mother. After the rise of Nazism & the outbreak of war the child in question endured the demonisation of this German family who had shown him only love & kindness. This story had devastating ramifications for some 20 years after the war ended, until the death of the child's father. The story in this film is real, and one which raises issues many Europeans have had to grapple with. All in all a thought provoking film, beautifully acted and presented in an understated way. A powerful film delivered with delicate touch.

Wilma

Lovely film; no gimmicks (other than the twin/parallel bit) and nicely slow so you have time to get to know the people. A good story rather than a very good film and faithful to the book on which it is based. It's about the effect of the war rather than the war itself and maybe that's why some thought this film too simplistic. But corny it ain't!.

Wilma

Lovely film; no gimmicks (other than the twin/parallel bit) and nicely slow so you have time to get to know the people. A good story rather than a very good film and faithful to the book on which it is based. It's about the effect of the war rather than the war itself and maybe that's why some thought this film too simplistic. But corny it ain't!.