Beloved Sisters (2014) “Die geliebten Schwestern” (original title) Runtime : 138 min Genre : Drama, History, Romance Movie Release : 31 July 2014 (Germany) Director: Dominik Graf Writer: Dominik Graf (screenplay) Stars: Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius Country: Germany | Austria | Switzerland Language: German | French
The aristocratic sisters Charlotte and Caroline both fall in love with the controversial young writer and hothead Friedrich Schiller. Defying the conventions of their time, the sisters decide to share their love with Schiller. What begins playfully, almost as a game among the three of them, soon turns serious as it leads to the end of a pact.
This is a very intellectual, very complex movie. I had expected a movie more focused on Schiller’s relationship with Goethe since they are such giants in German literature and history, but the movie focuses on the 3 way loving relationship between Schiller, his wife and his sister in law.
I left the movie wondering how much of the movie was fact and how much was conjecture. The expert opinion is that the events in the movie could have happened, and many of them likely did. All of the historical context is correct. It is also a fact that Schiller’s sister in law wrote Shiller’s biography, which would confirm the deep feelings between Schiller and his sister in law that is portrayed in the movie. Highly recommended.