Many years ago there was an episode of love and betrayal, set during a time of revolution. Translate it to cinema and that story ("Beloved Sisters") has the makings of a David Lean masterpiece, charting the course of an affair through a tumultuous time in history. Such romantic epics naturally lend themselves to his style of bravura filmmaking, with their expansive scope and rich narratives. Making a good epic is hard work however and in this instance, all the elements don’t coalesce like they should.
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