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Beloved sisters (Die geliebten Schwestern)
(Feature film, Germany, 2014)


View gallery Beloved sisters Content: The summer of 1788 in Rudolstadt. Rebellious poet Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter) and two penniless sisters, members of the Thuringian aristocracy, experience an unforgettable period together which will eventually bind them forever. Caroline von Beulwitz (Hannah Herzsprung), unhappily married to noble Friedrich von Beulwitz (Andreas Pietschmann) and her shy sister Charlotte von Lengefeld (Henriette Confurius) take seriously their oath to share everything – even the author of ‘The Robbers’. Charlotte marries Schiller so they may pursue their ménage à trios under the guise of convention. Caroline, whose novel Schiller publishes anonymously, leaves her husband. The fragile equilibrium of their love triangle becomes unhinged when she falls pregnant. But Schiller is determined to fight for both sisters.

In his first feature-length drama in eight years, Dominik Graf does not focus on Schiller the wild and brilliant celebrity dramatist, but instead examines the eternal question: is it possible to live out an unconventional form of love? The cultural hub that was Weimar, the development of letterpress printing and the French revolution all provide the backdrop for this passionate love story. A film which uses luminous, fluid cinematography, stays close to its characters and is modern in terms of thought, action and emotion. (Source: Filmstarts.de)

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Actors: Hannah Herzsprung, Henriette Confurius, Florian Stetter, Claudia Messner, Maja Maranow, Andreas Pietschmann, Ronald Zehrfeld, Anne Schäfer, Michael Wittenborn, Peter Schneider u.a.
Directed by: Dominik Graf
Screenplay by: Dominik Graf
Cinematography by: Michael Wiesweg
Production: Uschi Reich, Bavaria Filmverleih und -produktions-GmbH, Grigoriy Dobrygin
Casting by: An Dorthe Braker
Costume by: Barbara Grupp

Having had its world premiere in the competition of Berlin Film Festival 2014, "Beloved Sisters" was selected as the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards in 2015.


Press

Director Dominik Graf handles the material in an interesting and refreshing fashion. This is exemplified by his ability to make an exchange of letters montage - what could be more tedious? - actually rather riveting, with characters speaking to camera, intercut with the acting out of events described in the letters. On the whole Beloved Sisters is a well acted, and for the most part, riveting and emotionally involving melodrama. (Robert Munro, "eye for film")

 
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