Twin Sisters (2002)

“I came for her.”

In Twins Sisters (De Tweeling) following the deaths of their parents in Germany in 1925, twin sisters Lotte and Anna are separated by battling relatives. Lotte remains in Germany with her Catholic aunt and uncle on their farm, and here she’s used as unpaid labour. Lotte isn’t even allowed to attend school, and her aunt declares Lotte mentally deficient in order to avoid school officials. In contrast, Anna, who has consumption, is raised with love and privilege in Holland. Both sets of relatives decide to sever the relationship between the girls, so Anna’s letters to Lotte are never posted.

The plot follows the vastly different lives of Lotte (Thekla Reuten) and Anna (Nadja Uhl). Lotte is an adult in Nazi Germany, and she’s initially attracted to Nazi ideals. On the other hand, Anna in Holland is horrified by Hitler’s rise to power, and her fiance is Jewish. Just what happens to these two young women, and how the war alters their lives is the heart of this film. The film offers a slightly different, and interesting, view of war by examining how the sisters reconnect and how their relationship is severed by circumstances controlled by WWII. A telepathic connection is implied in several scenes, and although these sisters in childhood are inseparable, their efforts to reconnect in adulthood are tainted by ideology. War inevitably brings catastrophic results and sweeps the lives of these sisters along with it.

Twin Sisters is an epic tearjerker, so bring your hankies for this one. The film is at its weakest as it draws to its conclusion, and the ending is packed with rather mawkish sentiment and an all-too neat conclusion. Based on the best-selling novel by Tessa de Loo, Twin Sisters directed by Ben Sombogaart is in Dutch and German with English subtitles.

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