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Written, directed and produced by René Féret, MOZART'S SISTER is a re-imagined account of the early life of Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart (played by Marie Féret, the director's daughter), five years older than Wolfgang (David Moreau) and a musical prodigy in her own right. Originally the featured performer, Nannerl 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 her ways to challenge the established sexual and social order.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 59
- Fresh: 44
- Rotten: 15
- Average Rating: 6.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The object isn't to stir you into what-if feminist outrage so much as to let a culturally magnificent era's societal inequalities act as a dissonant countermelody to a famous artist's biography.
Fresh: Nannerl is an intelligent and appealing girl who wages a dignified struggle against what turns out to be insurmountable barriers.
Fresh: An alternately rapturous and frustrating experience.
Rotten: 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.
Feminine Issue Whiplash
This is a very interesting film from many perspectives. One, as a female born in 1952 who has faced just about every form of what is now called discrimination due to the mores of the time I can now see, through this excellent film, that yes, things can indeed always be worse. Maria Anna was even more a victim of her times than females in the mid-point of the 20th Century, raised in a loving but rule-bound, expectation driven society. I'm not that person anymore, of course, as much of those constraints have been legislated away or simply ignored while living a rich and fulfilling life. But Mozart's sister is sad and compelling because her station is inescapable. What she achieved seems remarkable in the face of capricious royalty, inattentive and manipulative parents, even a brother who, though young, if this story is accurate is shown to have no concept or conscience about the origins of the music he so beautifully played. But what can we say about it all? Had she gone into a convent and taken holy orders the world would have been deprived (not to mention Maria Anna herself) of some of its most incredible music. Talent of this genius cannot be simply ignored or turned off without losing one's soul and I think that is a subtext in the film - she lived for her music - so what became of it, how it got out to the world was less important than simply doing what she was compelled by love to do - Make Music. A story of ugliness, of things sad and unfair, producing something of lasting value and beauty to the world forever. It is brilliant.
This was an excellent movie! Not necessarily for children (in light of one sexual scene),but seemed to be historically accurate. The filming on location (France) was beautiful. The acting exceptional. We loved it.
Normally I get bored with films in subtitle. Keeping it in French just makes you appreciate the music more.