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Mozart's Sister (2011)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 3

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A speculative account of Maria Anna "Nannerl" Mozart (Marie Feret), five years older than Wolfgang (David Moreau) and a musical prodigy in her own right. Originally the featured performer, she has given way to Wolfgang as the main attraction, as their strict but loving father Leopold (Marc Barbe) tours his talented offspring in front of the royal courts of pre-French revolution Europe. Approaching marriageable age and now forbidden to play the violin or compose, Nannerl chafes at the limitations

Feb 14, 2012


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Gilded authentic locations and restrained performances provide an effective setting for Féret's theory about Nannerl's talent being stifled by conventions.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A meandering but transporting journey, which offers glimpses of a world as resplendent as it is stifling.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The music, of course, resonates. And so does this exquisite heartbreaker of a story.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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An alternately rapturous and frustrating experience.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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This is a sad story in rich surroundings that makes you wonder how many women of genius were left behind.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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A melancholy but utterly beautiful film.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Romantic and engaging-with lush musical detail throughout-this most enjoyable film is, in the end, a thoroughly demoralizing tale of female oppression.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

A well-designed, tasteful affair.

April 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The exchanges between Louise and Nannerl are sometimes laborious, even stilted. Making the casting of these two characters a family affair was probably not the best idea.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

You feel the Mozart of Peter Schaffer's Amadeus could easily have emerged from this squabbling, loving, pressurised unit.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Provokes some fascinating questions about history's also-rans and the evolution of feminism, plus Marie Feret delivers a charming performance in the title role.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

It's handsome looking but stilted and pointless.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Mozart's Sister tells a heart-breaking story and is heightened by strong performances, impressive production design and a superb score...

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

An expertly forged alt.history with a refreshingly tough female lead. Good tunes, too.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

"Amadeus" is glitzier and gets all the attention, but "Mozart's Sister," like its ignored namesake, is also aesthetically pleasing . . . just on a different level.

February 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It's not clear, however, what it is that René Féret wants to tell us about Nannerl.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A lovely, quietly affecting film that's as much a feast for the ear as for the eye, while not ignoring the brain.

November 7, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Nannerl is clearly a woman repressed, but Feret gives this potentially great woman no life, no spark.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

A good film. But as drama, it falls a little shy of the mark.

October 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not for everyone, this will nevertheless thrill patient audiences with its ironic tale of throttled inspiration.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Féret offers no glimpse of the genius that breaks free.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

This package makes for viewing time well spent, especially with the music and centered performances by the director's daughters...

October 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Mozart's Sister

Humanist tale of how an equally gifted child of the Mozart clan is, um, bypassed simply by dint of her sex, and how she struggles against the tide. Pillowy costumer with an elegant, if baroque music score, but the story moves with glacial rapidity.
January 23, 2013

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I loved every minute of this romantic portrayal of one history's lesser-known geniuses. The film poses lots of questions about the origin of talent; the will to fight in its defense; and the way your talent is perceived because of your gender. A great performance by capable youth Marie Féret, in the title role.
September 25, 2011

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Thirteen year old Nannerl Mozart(Marie Feret) and her ten year old brother Wolfgang(David Moreau) are on a tour of the royalty of Europe, giving musical performances along the way. Their father(Marc Barbe) is pleased at Wolfgang's progress but has forbidden his daughter from composing and feels the violin is not a ladylike instrument. The monotony of the journey is broken up when an axel is broken on their carriage, forcing them to stay at a convent while repairs are undertaken. While there Nannerl makes friends with Louise(Lisa Feret), the seventh daughter of King Louis XV, who asks her to bring a letter to her brother, the Dauphin(Clovis Fouin), who she has never met, when Nannerl goes to Versailles.

Admittedly, the story of Nannerl Mozart does deserve to be told but not really like this, as in the end "Mozart's Sister" basically only serves as a slow moving and unnecessary reminder of how bad the 18th century was for women. While the lives of women have increased tremendously since then, other things have not improved like long distance family trips and stage parents. And that's not to mention how some people only judge a work of art by the artist's age. By comparison, the highlights of the film, outside of a shot of the Dover cliffs, involve the scenes where Nannerl passes for male.
July 21, 2013
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  • Nannerl, la Soeur de Mozart (DE)
  • Mozart's Sister (Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart) (UK)
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