Mozart's Sister


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 imposed on her gender but a friendship with the son and daughter of Louis XV offers an alternative. -- (C) Music Box

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Marie Féret
as Nannerl Mozart
Marc Barbé
as Leopold Mozart
Delphine Chuillot
as Anna-Maria Mozart
Clovis Fouin
as Le Dauphin
Lisa Féret
as Louise de France
Adele Lepretre
as Sophie de France
Valentine Duval
as Victoire de France
Dominique Marcas
as La Mère Abbesse
Mona Heftre
as Madame Van Eyck
Salomé Stévenin
as Isabelle d'Aubusson
Julien Féret
as Maître de Musique Abbaye
Nicolas Giraud
as Maître de Musique Versailles
Arthur Tos
as Hugues Le Tourneur
Océane Jubert
as Marie-Josèphe de Saxe
Rene Feret
as The Professor of Music, Le professeur de musique
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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (22)

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.

Apr 12, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

Apr 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

Nov 4, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Nov 3, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An alternately rapturous and frustrating experience.

Oct 6, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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

Sep 30, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Detroit News
Top Critic

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With sumptuous locations and costumes, the restrained performances present a powerful tale of gender inequality and quiet injustice. "Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart" is well worth watching.

Christian C
Christian C

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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


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.

Kevin M. Williams
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.

Rico Zamora
Rico Zamora

Super Reviewer

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