My Sister Maria (2002)
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Critic Reviews for My Sister Maria
It's not easy to classify Maximilian Schell's occasionally clumsy but always touching tribute to his actress sister, and it's equally difficult not to be moved by it.
It is meant to be a loving and sad portrait of a fading life, but it feels intrusive, excessively brooding and narcissistic.
Maximilian's narcissistic examination of his theatrical family -- to the degree that he shows us photos of ancestors even he doesn't know -- can be boring, and his creative license with the truth is kind of troubling.
Audience Reviews for My Sister Maria
With this film, actor Maximilian Schell looks back at the acting career of his sister Maria and incidentally also provides a rare, insightful look at the post-war West German film industry which also gave us Hardy Kruger, Oskar Werner and Curt Jurgens. In the present day, Maria is suffering from dementia, leading to grave financial problems and for her to feel as one person puts it as if she is in another reality altogether. That last part is expressed perfectly by of all things clips from “Deep Impact.” All of which Maximilian Schell uses in a non-traditional manner that owes more to narrative tradition than documentaries, creating a hybrid film that expresses his elegiac sentiments well.
Sad view of a once strong and renowned woman who descends into the maelstrom of mental illness and infirmity.
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