'Beloved Sisters' is a romantic bio pic that plays like a German history lecture

January 5, 2015 7:41 PM

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Voice-over narration in the movies is a crutch, rarely used by anyone with the skill to use the visual medium to tell the story with pictures, as film was meant to do. But you can almost excuse the maddening fill-in-between-the-pictures narration of the lengthy German bio-pic "Beloved Sisters."

It's a story of some importance and complexity, of the love triangle that entangled the great German poet/historian Friedrich Schiller and two sisters. The scandalous epic, set during the romanticism that swept across Europe and eventually led to the French Revolution, could have been a German "Doct...

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