Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Twin Sisters (2002)

IMDb plot summary: Twin Sisters is an epic love story based on the Dutch bestseller by Tessa de Loo that has been read by more than 3.5 million readers in Holland and Germany.
Directed by Ben Sombogaart. Starring Ellen Vogel, Gudrun Okras, Thekla Reuten, and Nadja Uhl.


This is such a great premise for a movie, and I wish it was more engaging. The primary problem here is that the timeline seems off. More time is spent on their lives as very small children than their re-encounter as old women, and the latter is much more interesting. Once the story of the sisters as young women has been told, the film wraps up somewhat abruptly, never quite dealing with the emotions brought to the forefront. A more successful option would have been to split the time more evenly, perhaps 2/3 of it devoted to the flashback and 1/3 devoted to burying the hatchet in the present, but as it was, the 10 minutes of modern-day scenes seem purposeless since they don't resolve in any believable way. A great idea that stumbles in its execution.

3 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Twin Sisters > 13 Going on 30
Twin Sisters < Argo
Twin Sisters < A Matter of Life and Death
Twin Sisters < Foolproof
Twin Sisters > Alice (1990)
Twin Sisters > Kiki's Delivery Service
Twin Sisters < Away From Her
Twin Sisters < Tarzan
Twin Sisters > The Women
Twin Sisters < Shall We Dance? (2004)
Final spot: #1098 out of 2435.

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