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|Production country:||Deutschland/Norwegen 2012|
|Running time:||About 99 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
After she had to spend her childhood abducted by the Nazis in a children's home in Germany, Katrine (Juliane Köhler), daughter of a Norwegian (Liv Ullmann) and a German soldier, has been living a happy life in Norway for many years now. Here she has built up a seemingly perfect existence with her husband Bjarte (Sven Nordin), her daughter Anne (Julia Bache-Wiig) and her mother Åse. But with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the associated reorganisation of Europe, Katrine is caught up in her past. Because the young German lawyer Sven Solbach (Ken Duken) is striving for a lawsuit at the European Court of Justice, which should bring the children abducted by Nazis restitution and thus a piece of justice. But Katrine refuses his request that she and her mother testify as witnesses. But when Solbach still won't let up and comes across some inconsistencies in Katrine's past, a desperate battle begins for her to preserve a secret, the revelation of which could destroy her private happiness forever&.hellip;
For the drama "Two Lives" director Georg Maas ("Newfoundland") and his team have intensively researched one of the many dark chapters in the history of the Nazi regime. During the German occupation of Norway between 1940 and 1945, many German soldiers entered into relationships with Norwegian women, from whom numerous children emerged. In order to "promote the Germanic heritage for the Germans", the Nazis built children's homes in which about 250 of these German-Norwegian children were abducted. Most of them came to the territory of the later GDR, where two decades later the government took advantage of this Nazi legacy to place Stasi agents in the West. In return, they were equipped with the identity of the German-Norwegian orphans. To this day, not all of these agents have allegedly been unmasked.
Based on this background, Georg Maas has an intense drama about guilt and atonement, about the difficult question of perpetrators and victims and about a woman's struggle not to let the shadows of the past destroy her happiness. For the nested narrative form, in which the truth is slowly composed by flashbacks, Maas has chosen a very atmospheric visual realization. While the scenes that take place in the present are often filled with images of rough beauty, Katrine's retrospectives of the past are presented in the style of old Super-8 shots. Coarse-grained, somewhat blurred and characterized by a depressing mood, this look at Katrine's second life presents itself, which reveals deeper abysses with every further piece of the puzzle.
As convincing as the actors may be, "Two Lives" works primarily because of the cleverly structured dramaturgy, which culminates in an intense and consistent ending. Georg Maas and his team in front of and behind the camera have succeeded in creating an exciting drama, the background of which one would like to learn much more about after this film. A good example for the fact that demanding program cinema costs can also be quite entertaining. And for that there is an absolutely deserved one: Worth seeing!
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