Screened as part of NZIFF 2004

Twin Sisters 2002

De Tweeling

Directed by Ben Sombogaart

The Netherlands In Dutch with English subtitles
137 minutes Colour and B&W



Marieke van der Pol. Based on the novel by Tessa de Loo


Piotr Kukla


Herman P. Koerts


Thekla Reuten, Nadja Uhl, Ellen Vogel, Gudrun Okras


Rotterdam 2003


Academy Award Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film 2004


This Dutch Oscar nominee is a lavish and absorbing 20th-century historical drama based on the Dutch bestseller by Tessa de Loo that has been read by more than 3.5 million people in Holland and Germany. Anna and Lotte are twins, cruelly separated in early childhood. Anna grows up in a tough farming household in Germany, while Lotte lives a privileged middle-class life in the Netherlands. As the Nazis rise to domination in Europe, the sisters find themselves affiliated, inextricably, to opposite sides.

Twin Sisters has the engrossing quality of a big historical novel and about the same level of sentimental artistry… The most notable aspect of the film is its timely entry into the current debate about whether the German people were also victims of Nazism. The film takes the outspoken view that they were, illustrating it very convincingly with the story of its two attractive young twins, one ending up in Hitler’s Germany and the other sheltering a Jewish family in occupied Holland.” — Deborah Young, Variety