Twice Born

Twice Born

Twice Born

Penélope Cruz stars as a single mother in this romantic drama. After losing her adored husband (Emile Hirsch) during the Bosnian War, Gemma escapes from the 1992 siege of Sarajevo with her newborn child. Sixteen years later she returns to the city with her son so that he can visit the city of his birth and discover his father's story.

2012Rating: R16, Violence, sexual violence, offensive language & content that may disturb124 minsItaly, SpainItalian and Bosnian with English subtitles
DramaRomanceWorld Cinema
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

flicks

“The weirdest love stories are always the best ones,” says Emile Hirsch’s character, Diego in Twice Born. Weird may not be the best way to describe this sweeping romance, set in the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. Rather, it’s an intriguing tale, driven by the desire to have a child, that takes place between flashback scenes of war-torn Sarajevo, and the present day. Middle-aged Gemma (Penelope Cruz) has returned to the city with her ambivalent teenaged son, Pietro at the invitation of an old friend, Gojko (Adnan Askovic).

Twice Born Review

I won tickets to an advance screening of this and was pleasantly surprised. Despite not knowing what I was in for, I found it to be interesting and captivating. The plot twists and turns kept me on my toes and I found the transition between past and present to flow nicely. I recommended this to everyone!

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Overwrought, unevenly acted and plowing through the Siege of Sarajevo with blinkers on (it’s never even clear who’s fighting whom and for what reason)... has little to offer beyond some pitiful twists.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch are ill-matched – in every sense – lovers in Sergio Castellitto’s misguided romantic melodrama.

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

Flicks, Rebecca Barry Hill

flicks

“The weirdest love stories are always the best ones,” says Emile Hirsch’s character, Diego in Twice Born. Weird may not be the best way to describe this sweeping romance, set in the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. Rather, it’s an intriguing tale, driven by the desire to have a child, that takes place between flashback scenes of war-torn Sarajevo, and the present day. Middle-aged Gemma (Penelope Cruz) has returned to the city with her ambivalent teenaged son, Pietro at the invitation of an old friend, Gojko (Adnan Askovic).

Variety

Variety

press

Overwrought, unevenly acted and plowing through the Siege of Sarajevo with blinkers on (it’s never even clear who’s fighting whom and for what reason)... has little to offer beyond some pitiful twists.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch are ill-matched – in every sense – lovers in Sergio Castellitto’s misguided romantic melodrama.

Twice Born Review

I won tickets to an advance screening of this and was pleasantly surprised. Despite not knowing what I was in for, I found it to be interesting and captivating. The plot twists and turns kept me on my toes and I found the transition between past and present to flow nicely. I recommended this to everyone!

4.0