Mozart's Sister
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Gilded authentic locations and restrained performances provide an effective setting for Féret's theory about Nannerl's talent being stifled by conventions."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"An alternately rapturous and frustrating experience."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Romantic and engaging-with lush musical detail throughout-this most enjoyable film is, in the end, a thoroughly demoralizing tale of female oppression."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"You feel the Mozart of Peter Schaffer's Amadeus could easily have emerged from this squabbling, loving, pressurised unit."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
"Mozart's Sister tells a heart-breaking story and is heightened by strong performances, impressive production design and a superb score..."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A meandering but transporting journey, which offers glimpses of a world as resplendent as it is stifling."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"This is a sad story in rich surroundings that makes you wonder how many women of genius were left behind."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A well-designed, tasteful affair."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Provokes some fascinating questions about history's also-rans and the evolution of feminism, plus Marie Feret delivers a charming performance in the title role."
‑ Davina Quinlivan, Little White Lies
"An expertly forged alt.history with a refreshingly tough female lead. Good tunes, too."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"The music, of course, resonates. And so does this exquisite heartbreaker of a story."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A melancholy but utterly beautiful film."
‑ Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It's handsome looking but stilted and pointless."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
""Amadeus" is glitzier and gets all the attention, but "Mozart's Sister," like its ignored namesake, is also aesthetically pleasing . . . just on a different level."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
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