DVD Review: Twice Born
Never before in a film have I so desperately wished for a sniper’s bullet to take out Penelope Cruz. Twice Born is a film based on a novel by Margaret Mazzantini about Gemma (Cruz), an Italian who falling in love with a drugged up American photographer, Diego whilst in Bosnia, shortly before the civil war erupted. Gemma’s desperation to have a baby and the outbreak of war send their relationship into a tailspin and Gemma leaves to return to Italy.
Now many years later, Gemma returns with her son, to show him around the city where he was born, and to see a retrospective exhibition of his fathers photographs. The return to Sarajevo however stirs up memories and Gemma is forced to revisit her past, with some disturbing revelations.
Clocking in at a fraction over two hours, Twice Born is frustratingly slow and mundane at best, we are smothered with Gemma’s never happy life, we have to endure her stupid choices and her inability to stand up for herself. But as tedious as the film is, it takes quite the turn in the last little bit, and makes something of it’s self, even if that something is a disturbing emotional revelation, that in retrospect should have been as obvious as death and taxes, but weather by being bored to tears or by clever story telling, you never see coming.
Dose the end justify the car wreak of a journey? I’m not sure. It certainly gave the film a big set of brass balls to finish on, but had I know what I was in for, I doubt that I would have wasted my evening with this tale of love, war and redemption.
Rating: R16 Violence, sexual violence, offensive language & content that may disturb.