Mozart's Sister (2011)
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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
Aug 19, 2011 Limited
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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.
A meandering but transporting journey, which offers glimpses of a world as resplendent as it is stifling.
The music, of course, resonates. And so does this exquisite heartbreaker of a story.
This is a sad story in rich surroundings that makes you wonder how many women of genius were left behind.
Romantic and engaging-with lush musical detail throughout-this most enjoyable film is, in the end, a thoroughly demoralizing tale of female oppression.
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.
You feel the Mozart of Peter Schaffer's Amadeus could easily have emerged from this squabbling, loving, pressurised unit.
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.
Mozart's Sister tells a heart-breaking story and is heightened by strong performances, impressive production design and a superb score...
An expertly forged alt.history with a refreshingly tough female lead. Good tunes, too.
"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.
It's not clear, however, what it is that René Féret wants to tell us about Nannerl.
A lovely, quietly affecting film that's as much a feast for the ear as for the eye, while not ignoring the brain.
Nannerl is clearly a woman repressed, but Feret gives this potentially great woman no life, no spark.
Not for everyone, this will nevertheless thrill patient audiences with its ironic tale of throttled inspiration.
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