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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 14, 2012
Box Office: $0.7M
Runtime:
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Cast


as Nannerl Mozart

as Leopold Mozart

as Anna-Maria Mozart

as Wolfgang Mozart

as Le Dauphin

as Louise de France

as Sophie de France

as Victoire de France

as La Mère Abbesse

as Madame Van Eyck

as Isabelle d'Aubusson

as Isabelle d'Aubusson

as Maître de Musique Ab...

as Maître de Musique Ve...

as Hugues Le Tourneur

as Marie-Josèphe de Sax...

as The Professor of Mus...
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Critic Reviews for Mozart's Sister

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (22)

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

Full Review… | April 10, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

A meandering but transporting journey, which offers glimpses of a world as resplendent as it is stifling.

Full Review… | November 4, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

The music, of course, resonates. And so does this exquisite heartbreaker of a story.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer
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An alternately rapturous and frustrating experience.

Full Review… | October 6, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

This is a sad story in rich surroundings that makes you wonder how many women of genius were left behind.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

A melancholy but utterly beautiful film.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mozart's Sister

½

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.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

flickfever
Rico Zamora

Super Reviewer

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.

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Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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