A pair of orphaned sisters remain emotionally connected despite the very different worlds they inhabit following their seperation.
On the surface, this glossy and respectful adaptation of Tessa de Loo’s bestseller tells the story of orphaned sisters who remain emotionally connected despite the very different worlds they inhabit following their childhood separation. But it’s also a thoughtful attempt to explore the extent to which victims existed on both sides in the Second World War. Consequently, it’s possible to understand the pain felt by both farmhand-turned-maid Nadja Uhl at losing her soldier husband, and Dutch-raised pianist Thekla Reuten, whose wealthy lover perishes in Auschwitz. Sombogaart concentrates more on the intricate, if somewhat mechanically interlinked, narrative, which culminates in a melodramatically tense reunion.
For all his reliance on schematic characters and situations, director Sombogaart still manages to raise some contentious issues.