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Amnesia

90 minutes 2001

Fedja van Huet gives a fascinating performance as two very different twin brothers—one a sarcastic petty criminal, the other a photographer who for some reason can no longer stand to photograph people. The latter returns home to care for his ill mother, and flashbacks suggest and ultimately reveal the trauma that has haunted both brothers since their early teens. The psychology of this 2001 drama may be conventional, but director Martin Koolhoven's tight interweaving of past and present captures the twins' sense of entrapment, and there's an original if sour flavor to the particulars, such as the junked cars surrounding the family home or a scene that finds one brother in bed with his addled mom. In Dutch with subtitles.

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