8 November 2012 (Italy)
| 7.4/10 |
| Sergio Castellitto
13 September 2012 (2012-09-13) (Toronto)
8 November 2012 (2012-11-08) (Italy)
Goya Award for Best Actress
Penélope Cruz, Emile Hirsch, Sergio Castellitto, Saadet Aksoy, Adnan Hasković
Bosnian War movies, Penélope Cruz movies, Dramas
Twice Born (Italian: Venuto al mondo) is a 2012 film directed by Sergio Castellitto. It is based on a novel by Margaret Mazzantini.
Oft-married Gemma visits Sarajevo with her only child, Pietro. The two of them had escaped the city sixteen years ago, just days after his birth during the Bosnian War. Diego, her second husband and Pietro's father, remained behind and later died. As they travel with her wartime friend Gojco, she tries to repair her relationship with Pietro, asking her third husband (by phone) if she should tell Pietro that she did not give birth to him. Gemma is later stunned by the revelation that Pietro's real mother, Aska, is still alive and married to Gojco. Aska reveals that, contrary to Gemma's long held belief, Diego was not Pietro's father, as she had been a sex slave to a garrison of the Serb Volunteer Guard. Gemma must face loss, the cost of war and the redemptive power of love.Penélope Cruz as Gemma
Emile Hirsch as Diego
Adnan Haskovic as Gojko
Saadet Aksoy as Aska
Pietro Castellitto as Pietro
Mira Furlan as Velida
Jane Birkin as Psychologist
Sergio Castellitto as Giuliano
Branko Djuric as Doctor
Isabelle Adriani as Giornalista
The film was shot over 15 weeks in digital using the Arri Alexa system.
The film had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
The film received negative critic reviews. It holds an 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 23 reviews.
About the film, The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Dripping with floridly phony dialogue that no actor should be forced to speak, this paternity mystery uses the Bosnian conflict as the manipulative backdrop to a preposterously overwrought and overlong melodrama." Variety added that the film had "little to offer beyond some pitiful twists." Screen International went on to write, "director Sergio Castellitto’s adaptation of Margaret Mazzantini’s novel leaves no cliché unturned, yearning for big emotions that are consistently flattened by the lumbering storytelling."
Twice Born Wikipedia