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Smart, vivid, and powerfully acted, Beloved Sisters injects new life into its pretty period tropes and soapy plotting.
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It's epic stuff, and at 170 minutes it's a commitment. Schiller seems to be blazing a trail for German über-confidence, seeing his modern man as the grand product of all that's been right with history.
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.
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.
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.
If more historical movies were like Beloved Sisters, the term "costume drama" would be less of an insult.
As lengthy and passionate as a drawn-out kiss, "Beloved Sisters" is a beautifully made romantic drama set in 18th century Germany that's smart, sensual and emotionally resonant.
...engaging and even arty enough to satisfy.
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.
The question of whether Dominic Graf's costume drama romance Beloved Sisters needs to be three hours long is an academic one on many levels.
The premise of Beloved Sisters is alluring and entertaining. The cast is gorgeous, as is the cinematography and painterly tableaux... However, Graf does Schiller, his contemporaries, and the events of the time a disservice.
It's a fascinating story, and as he explores the giddiness and disillusionment of this peculiar love triangle, filmmaker Dominik Graf gives us something peculiar: a history lesson disguised as a soap opera.
A dull film. [Full review in Spanish]
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