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62 Ratings

Beloved Sisters

Die geliebten Schwestern

Directed by Dominik Graf
Germany, Austria, 2014
Drama, History, Romance


1788 in Rudolstadt, a small provincial town in Germany. The beautiful Caroline von Beulwitz is unhappily married, longing for love and life. Charlotte von Lengefeld, her shy sister, dreams of finding a husband. The two are a heart and soul, until he enters their lives: Friedrich Schiller.

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Beloved Sisters Directed by Dominik Graf
The two [lead] actresses navigate the emotional complexity of their roles with quicksilver intuition and what seems like near-bottomless empathy. They make the sisters full individual creations who are nevertheless inextricably bound to each other with the aim of (among other things) making it practically impossible for the viewer to choose a “side.” It’s more their doing than Graf’s that one believes that Schiller could be entirely in love with both of the women.
January 08, 2015
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[Graf] approaches the Schiller-Charlotte-Caroline triangle not as a ball-gown romance, but as a fast-moving genre piece, chock-full of abrupt zooms and whip-pans. While most films set in the period tend to get hung up on clothes—hence the term “costume drama”—Graf is focused on measures of time, and on evoking the spirit of social and private life in the age of letter-writing, horse-drawn travel, and candlelight.
January 08, 2015
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Graf freshens the pretty period trappings with a headlong embrace of every old-fashioned detail: omniscient narration, characters directly addressing the camera, intertitles. Above all, he sticks to a leisurely pace that gives personalities time to breathe and develop.
January 07, 2015
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