Twin Sisters is a very well done film about 2 orphaned sisters, Anna and Lotte, who are separated at the tender age of six. One must stay behind in Germany, where life is very hard on an uncle’s farm. The other is sent off to the Netherlands where their life is one of privilege and excess. When they eventually meet up many years later, their lives have been both damaged and changed. Now, with Germany’s invasion of Holland they are enemies amidst World War II.
The many actresses that make up both sisters over the course of this film do a very fine job. This is one of those movies that I most likely never would have screened unless it came out on DVD (and MovieWeb gave it to me to review). It is very rich in it’s story and in it’s sad, triumphant tale of two sisters separation.
No extra features came with this DVD.
Widescreen (1.85:1) - Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions. This movie was a bit dark in terms of the lighting and camera set ups, so at first I thought I was going to have a hard time with it. In a lot of ways, the way it was paced and the way the actors were blocked and delivered their lines would normally bother me. Thankfully, I was able to grab on to something very tangible in the story that lifted this movie above all of that.
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - Original Dutch Language Track. The material of this film was so strong, I didn’t mind that I spent more time reading the screen than I did watching it. The audio was as good as one could expect it to be. I certainly wasn’t blown out of my seat but I wasn’t bored either.
The faces of Anna and Lotte look as if they are paintings on the front cover. This works to good effect to give this film a sort of “older” feel. There are pictures of Nazi’s and barbed wire as well. The back features some pictures from the movie (that really just serve to give only small tidbits of information), a well written description of Twin Sisters, tech specs and a cast listing. While as a Jew I have sort of gotten my “fill” of Holocaust films, I think that this movie tells a very interesting story much along the same lines as Louis Malle’s Au Revoir Les Enfants.
A lot of the movies that Miramax puts out are pretty sappy and saccharine. Twin Sisters thankfully rose above all of that. As someone with an older brother, I could I easily relate to what the sisters were going through. Never in a million years could I imagine losing my parents, and then being torn from a sibling. While this movie shows one sister in a good situation and the other one in a bad one, eventually it seems to say that they have both lost out.
This is a well made release from our friends at Miramax!
Twin Sisters was released December 12, 2002.