Two Lives

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Released 2014

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Released:
2014
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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?

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  • 80

    The Dissolve

    Despite some mawkish moments, this portrait of where espionage and domesticity collide is a unique take on typical John le Carré turf.

  • 60

    Village Voice Aaron Hillis

    The film takes one entire act too long to shake its mopey fog and get crackling.

  • 50

    Slant Magazine Diego Costa

    The film's educational impetus is to announce to the world that even picture-perfect Norwegians continue to pay a heavy price for the horrors of WWII.

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