Beloved Sisters (2014): A New German 18th-Century Film


One of the most annoying things here in the U.S. is that we don’t tend to hear about foreign films as much as we should. There are tons of interesting costume films being made in Germany, France, Spain, and other countries, but it’s hard to keep on top of them. About the only ones we hear regularly are British productions, and those (hopefully) eventually make their way over to our side of the pond. So, I was excited to see that there’s a new 18th-century-set German film that’s just come out — Beloved Sisters — and annoyed that I’m just now hearing about it!

The story is about a love triangle between two sisters and the Romantic-era writer Friedrich Schiller (a friend of Goethe), which gets complicated, as most love stories do.

The film is getting very positive reviews — check out this one from Variety and this from Paste Magazine. I also found this English-language interview with one of the lead actresses.

The costumes are designed by Barbara Grupp, who has a long resume in German cinema. Here are some images from the film:

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You can check out the U.S. trailer, as we wait for it to hopefully get a wider (or DVD) release:


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

One Response

  1. Eronn

    Ooh, another great German period piece with gorgeous costumes is Das Adlon: Eine Familiensaga. I like to think of it as the German version of Downton Abbey. It goes through multiple eras, so the variety there is great too.