Twice Born


Action / Drama / Romance / War


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Emile Hirsch as Diego
Jane Birkin as Psicologa
Saadet Aksoy as Aska
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2hr 7 min
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24.000 fps
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by simona gianotti 7 / 10

Tough and painful, with a forceful soundtrack

I hadn't read the novel by Margaret Mazzantini, but was enough prepared for the toughness of the story, however, I was deeply shocked by the harshness of the drama. The movie is certainly well built, being the director the novelist's husband, he could probably render best the real substance of the story and the characters. Moving forward and backwards in time is not something new, but always a gripping technique, letting the viewer catch the progress of the story little by little. Indeed, there's no haste in a sometimes too slow movie, the second part far better than the first, with a very good historical reconstruction of a debased Sarajevo under siege, because of a war we Europeans have forgotten too quickly. I liked the performances offered by Penelope Cruz, very intense but well balanced, Emile Hirsch is really great and there's a good empathy between the two. There's also an international variety of incisive, unconventional musical choices, from Nirvana to Bruce Springsteen. Sometimes overenthusiastic, they undoubtedly prove very forceful and the scene of bombing on the notes of "Something in the way" leaves the mark. On the whole, a very dramatic movie, where the horror of war and of the human species certainly prevails, but with a sense of hope which I found soothing and in a way necessary.

Reviewed by morganwill 8 / 10

A wonderful film of emotional depth

First off I want to say there will be no spoilers.

I was lucky enough to catch the premiere screening of "Twice Born" at the premiere at TIFF. I didn't know anything about the film and the only person involved that I recognized was Penelope Cruz. This is a very ambitious film. It intertwines many different stories from present day, and back about 20 years in the past. It follows Penelope Cruz's character Gemma as she goes to Sarajevo with her son on a vacation. This bring backs memories, and we are shown all the events that took place in her life about 20 years ago.

Now, I don't think I've ever commented on the makeup of a film but I have to applaud it here. The characters makeup is so good, that you totally by the time gap between the 20 years. The script of this film is good. Not anything amazing. What brings me to give this film such a high rating, and one of the best films of 2012 (even though I've yet to see The Master, Looper,Argo, To the Wonder, etc) is the visuals. This film is shot so beautifully that it reminded me of the best film of 2011 "The Tree of Life".

An odd thing to point out is that for about the first hour and a half of this film I had my eyes on giving it a 7/10. The last half hour or 40 minutes is so magnificent and executed to near perfection that I recommend anyone to see this film for this alone.

The performances (led by Penelope Cruz) are great, and the characters all have a distinct and widely different personality's. Go into this movie with an open mind not knowing anything about the story and i'm sure that you'll enjoy it as much as I did. Like the review written before mine, I would like to salute the cast, crew, and especially the director for pulling off such a wonderful film. I hope you anyone reading this review will go out to see this film, as I'm sure it will land on my list of 10 greatest of the year.

Reviewed by A P 9 / 10

Made me laugh, cry and challenge my assumptions about people

Saw the world premiere at TIFF, and was repeatedly surprised by how deep this film could go.

Even though I was a bit skeptical at first about the "love connection" between Emile Hirsch and Penelope Cruz, their performances and the wider story took over, and the casting started to make perfect sense.

In addition to being a generally riveting film throughout, what I liked most about this movie is that it challenged my sense of moral self-righteousness. Every time I thought a character's actions were unforgivable, I learned something new about them, and had to rethink my judgments. I think it's hard for a film to do that convincingly and this one did.

I haven't read the book this was adapted from, but I now plan to. Excellent movie and the people behind it should feel proud!

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