Beloved Sisters

2015

Beloved Sisters

Critics Consensus

Smart, vivid, and powerfully acted, Beloved Sisters injects new life into its pretty period tropes and soapy plotting.

72%

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Beloved Sisters depicts the unconventional romance between two aristocratic sisters and a rebellious poet who took the European literary world by storm in the late eighteenth century. As the German Enlightenment flourishes in Weimar, vibrant Caroline von Beulwitz (Hannah Herszsprung) finds herself in an unhappy marriage to provide for her mother and shy younger sister Charlotte von Lengefeld (Henriette Confurius). When both sisters fall for outspoken writer Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter), their desire ignites a journey of shared passion and creativity. Charlotte and Schiller marry so that the lovers may pursue their ménage à trois under the guise of convention, but as Caroline reveals herself to be a talented author in her own right, the trio's fragile equilibrium is threatened and the sisters' once unbreakable connection is irrevocably changed. In this sweeping yet intimate romantic drama, which is also Germany's official submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, acclaimed director Dominik Graf illuminates the lives of two bold young women and one of classical literature's most celebrated figures with charm and contemporary energy. (C) Music Box Films

Cast

Hannah Herzsprung
as Caroline von Beulwitz
Florian Stetter
as Friedrich Schiller
Henriette Confurius
as Charlotte von Lengefeld
Claudia Messner
as Louise von Lengefeld
Ronald Zehrfeld
as Wilhelm von Wolzogen
Maja Maranow
as Mrs. von Stein
Anne Schäfer
as Mrs. von Kalb
Anne Schafer
as Mrs. von Kalb
Andreas Pietschmann
as Friedrich von Beulwitz
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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (12)

  • It's a respectable, luxurious production that moves quickly for its length, but never quite brings to life a time in history of enormous social and political upheavals that may seem distant to many viewers.

    October 17, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It's epic stuff, and at 170 minutes it's a commitment. Schiller seems to be blazing a trail for German ber-confidence, seeing his modern man as the grand product of all that's been right with history.

    March 13, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • If nothing else, "Beloved Sisters" is one of the most visually striking biopics around. Too bad you have to wade through so much verbiage in order to enjoy it.

    January 22, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Without at least the tawdry pleasure of a little bodice ripping, the film moves along sluggishly, even though it is well acted and handsomely shot.

    January 22, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • When an occasional blast of purple dialogue is triggered (such as ''Save me from my passion!''), it only makes you wish for the unintellectual bodice ripper that the movie should have been.

    January 13, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • If more historical movies were like Beloved Sisters, the term "costume drama" would be less of an insult.

    January 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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