Two Lives
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Europe 1990, the Berlin wall has just crumbled: Katrine, raised in East Germany, but now living in Norway for the last 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. She enjoys a happy family life with her mother, her husband, daughter and granddaughter. 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 concealments and secrets is unveiled, until Katrine is finally stripped of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"The personal drama is "I can't tell any more lies!" obvious, the international intrigue is lukewarm, and the big payoff, which should be a shocker, is so poorly staged as to be laughable."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This sober look into how war, peace and politics splintered lives is circuitous, but worth puzzling out."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The gradual unraveling of [a woman's] identity is suspenseful and sympathetically reveals the true pain of being an abused pawn of the losing sides of history."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"This isn't a film that bothers to hand-hold; it's too busy bubbling with deep-rooted anger at the callousness it examines."
‑ Andrew Crump, Movie Mezzanine
"a unique take on typical John le Carré turf"
‑ Jordan Hoffman, The Dissolve
""Two Lives" is an absorbing, well-acted, moderately suspenseful mystery, although its time line of events is fuzzy to the point of impenetrability."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"For an issue movie "Two Lives" is something of a nail-biter."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Satisfactorily tragic and pained, Two Lives is sharp work that develops spellbinding turns of plot as it unfolds."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Two Lives adds up to the kind of immersive, intelligent entertainment many audiences crave and too rarely get."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Two Lives unfolds in a slow boil of rage at the government that allowed all this emotional destruction. But Maas treats Katrine with compassion, as a victim of forces more damaging than her own ravenous hunger for love and family."
‑ Ella Taylor, NPR
"Seven decades later, the creative well has somehow not yet run dry on the ripple effects of Nazi Germany's offenses, though writer-director Georg Maas's slick and sulky second feature is not another dime-a-dozen Holocaust tragedy."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"The real-life subject matter and strong collection of performances are enough to compensate for a muddled script overwrought with contrivances and flashbacks."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"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."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
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