Bride of the Wind
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In this fact-based drama directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy), Sarah Wynter portrays Alma Mahler Werfel (born Alma Schindler), an outspoken young female composer in turn-of-the-century Vienna. The feature highlights her romantic involvement with the two most important men in her life, renowned composer Gustav Mahler (Jonathan Pryce) and painter Oskar Kokoschka (Vincent Perez). In 1902, Alma married Mahler, a highly regarded musician for whom Alma acts as a muse, even though she is forced to take a back seat to his fame. After a ten-year marriage, she meets the Austrian-born… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Alma Mahler is flirting again."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Watching it is like walking, walking, walking down a never-ending aisle."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"Sarah Wynter doesn't quite have the chops, Bruce Beresford doesn't quite have the heart, and the audience probably doesn't have anywhere near the level of interest."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Beresford has picked a terrific cast to tell this story."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"As in most film biographies, we suffer from lack of understanding of the motivating forces behind the events of the person's life."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"An often silly and oddly tepid biopic from director Bruce Beresford."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The filmmakers' limited notions of genius, simple humanity and, probably, feminism seem to have defeated everyone involved."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Never successfully answers what Alma Schindler had that drew composer Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius, writer Franz Werfel, and painter Oskar Kokoschka to her."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"If this movie is any evidence of Alma's true persona, I'd contend that the miserable gal never deserved her own bio-pic in the first place."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"It's just another attractive costume drama, with a few sexy scenes thrown in for spice, and a classical music setting that qualifies this as another difficult-to-market artsy film."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"As Sarah Wynter plays Alma, it's difficult to see what all the hue and cry was about."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The turgid Marilyn Levy screenplay ... induced giggles at the screening."
‑ Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times
"Beresford and his screenwriter, Marilyn Levy, have a wealth of compelling material at their disposal. But somehow the film doesn't quite cohere."
‑ Marrit Ingman, Austin Chronicle
"Bride of the Wind is burdened with a wooden story and characterizations."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Incredibly superficial and clinically icy, with characters who act so aloof that it's hard to care about what happens to them."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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