Joe McGovern
January 07, 2015 AT 05:00 AM EST

Beloved Sisters

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
170 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/09/15
performer
Henriette Confurius, Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter
director
Dominik Graf
genre
Drama, Historical, Romance

We gave it a C+

German filmmaker Dominik Graf speculates—at length—about the 18th-century love triangle between nerd-stud playwright Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter) and two gorgeous sisters (Hannah Herzsprung and Henriette Confurius). Graf has a knack for the zoom lens, which recalls Kubrick’s ironic Barry Lyndon, but he walks so carefully through the minefield of melodrama that 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. C+

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