Berlin 1990—the wall has just crumbled and Katrine, raised in East Germany, now living in Norway for 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. Katrine enjoys a happy family life, but when a lawyer asks her and her mother to be witnesses in a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of the war children, she resists. Gradually, a web of concealment and secrets is unveiled, until Katrine is finally stripped of everything, and her loved ones are forced to take a stand: What carries more weight, the life they have lived together, or the lie it is based on?
||February 28th, 2014 (Limited) by IFC Films, released as Two Lives|
||World War II, War Crimes, Adopted Family, Family Secrets, False Identity, Video-on-Demand Premiere, Secret Police|
|Production Method:||Live Action|
|Creative Type:||Historical Fiction|
||Zinnober Film, Dieter Zeppenfeld, Helgeland Film, Axel Helgeland, B&T Film, Rudi Teichmann|
There were three films in the $10,000 club this past weekend, two that were not a surprise, but one that was a huge surprise. Leading the way was The Lunchbox with an average of $14,847 in three theaters. This film earned 94% positive reviews. Likewise, Ernest & Celestine earned 100% positive reviews, so its start of $13,078 in one theater is also to be expected. In between those two films was The Bag Man, which earned an average of $14,616 in two theaters, but only managed 9% positive reviews.
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