Two Lives (Zwei Leben)
Two Lives (Zwei Leben) (2014)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 28, 2014
DVD Release Date: June 23, 2014
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

This sober look into how war, peace and politics splintered lives is circuitous, but worth puzzling out.

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Nora Lee Mandel

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

"Two Lives" is an absorbing, well-acted, moderately suspenseful mystery, although its time line of events is fuzzy to the point of impenetrability.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

For an issue movie "Two Lives" is something of a nail-biter.

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Brian Orndorf

Satisfactorily tragic and pained, Two Lives is sharp work that develops spellbinding turns of plot as it unfolds.

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Ella Taylor

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.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

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.

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Todd Jorgenson

The real-life subject matter and strong collection of performances are enough to compensate for a muddled script overwrought with contrivances and flashbacks.

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Carlos Magalhães
A nuanced drama that gradually unfolds as it delves into the complex dilemma faced by a protagonist who cannot escape her tragic web of lies, but the contrived… More
Walter M.
With the Berlin Wall coming down, you would presume everybody would be celebrating. And then there is Katrine(Juliane Kohler) who has mixed feelings even… More