Two of Us
Drama | French, German with English subtitles | 91 minutes
Nina and Madeleine (“Mada”) are middle-aged, retired women. For decades they kept their love affair secret even from Mada’s family. Discreetly, they lived in two separate apartments on the same floor in a French apartment building. A crisis occurs when Mada has a stroke and is unable to speak or talk. Without revealing their love for each other, Nina navigates carefully around Anne, Mada’s daughter and Muriel, the caretaker, and becomes more attentive to Mada’s growing needs. With Anne increasingly observant, Nina must be careful her relationship with Mada is not revealed.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 98%
- Metacritic Score: 82
- César Awards: Winner, Best First Film; Nominated, Best Actress (Barbara Sukowa)
- Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Foreign Language Film
- Dublin International Film Festival: Winner, Best Actress (Barbara Sukowa)
- Hollywood Critics Association: Nominated, Best International Film
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What gives TWO of US its singular power is the hurtling urgency of the story-telling and the brilliance of the acting. Director Filippo Meneghetti, and his collaborators, hedge no bets, observe no constraints.
Through the use of symbolic peepholes, eavesdropping and dark rooms that provide cover for whispered assurances of devotion, TWO of US succeeds as a stealthy depiction of lesbian erotics, one that mirrors the inhibitions of a generation
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