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Mademoiselle Paradis (2017)

Mademoiselle Paradis (2017)

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Vienna, 1777. Maria Theresia ("Resi") Paradis, 18 years old, is blind, and a pianist of remarkable talent. Resi lost her eyesight literally overnight when she was three. After countless failed medical experiments, her overprotective parents seek out a controversial "miracle doctor," Franz Anton Mesmer, as their last hope for a cure. For Dr. Mesmer, the chance to successfully treat the young girl could lead to fame and fortune. Resi moves into the estate of the doctor and his wife, where in the company of other patients she tastes personal freedom for the first time. And Mesmer's treatments seem to have almost immediate success. However, Resi soon notices that as her sight is beginning to return, her musical virtuosity is declining. She becomes aware that being part of society as a seeing person comes at too high a price if it can mean the loss of her inner world of music.

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Critic Reviews for Mademoiselle Paradis

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

The engrossing result feels entirely modern, despite more spectacular, candy-colored ruffles than you can shake a bustle at.

September 26, 2017 | Full Review…
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An inquisitive, curious and gorgeously accoutered period piece about science, the senses and the position of women in Mozart-era Austria.

September 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Director Barbara Albert fashions a remarkable image of blindness and healing, of cruelty and of compassion.

September 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Barbara Albert's Mademoiselle Paradis is a subtle and intelligent film about the historical crisis of female subjectivity and the various men who attempt to control that emerging identity.

November 17, 2017 | Full Review…

At 97 minutes the movie is a brisk eccentric historical curio (based on a true story!). But oh how it lingers.

October 13, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Albert places a cruel world onscreen despite its opulent finery. All this pettiness and vindictiveness occurs before [Resi's] eyes yet she sees nothing.

September 28, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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