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"Mozart's Sister" (original title: "Nannerl, La Soeur de Mozart"; 2010 release from France; 120 min.) brings a look in the life of 15 year old Mari Anna (nicknamed Nannerl) Mozart. She is 5 years older than her brother and wunderkind Wolfgang, but Nannerl certainly has certain musical talents as well, in particular in playing the harpsichord. But it is not until after a chance meeting with the recently-widowed Dauphin of France that he encourages her to start developing her own composing talents. Alas, that is not the way her father sees is. There are some further turns and twists but I will let you discover those yourself.
Please note: this movie proceeds at glacial speed, and I mean this as a complement. It reflects, among other things, life in the late 18th century when things simply moved a lot slower and there was not a whole lot to do to entertain one-self. I found it refreshing, to be honest. Also note: if you are not a fan of classical music, you are probably not going to like this movie, as classical music is front-and-center all over. It appears that people in those circles really didn't have a whole lot more to do than to play or listen to classical music. The harpsichord is delightfully featured prominently throughout the movie.Read more ›
But many do not know that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who was a music prodigy that played piano and violin at the age of 5, grew up playing as a duo with a musically talented sister named Maria Anna "Nannerl" Mozart.
Unfortunately, we do not hear too much about Nannerl. Reason being is that during that era in time, women, no matter how talented they were musically, were not seen as equals to men. Their status was lower and men thought that women just were not capable of having talent like men, may it be playing music or composing. In fact, women were just seen as housewives, nothing more, nothing less.
In 2010, screenwriter/filmmaker Rene Feret ("Bapteme", "Solemn Communion") wrote a fictional drama based on the life of Maria Anna Mozart.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
It's important to note that I am viewing a DVD screener ala DVR, so I am not going to comment on picture quality. I will say that with a Blu-ray and DVD release of "Mozart's Sister" being released, I recommend going for the Blu-ray version for better picture and audio quality.
With that being said, "Mozart's Sister" is presented in widescreen 1:85:1 and audio in French Dolby Digital 5.1 with English subtitles. The cinematography by Benjamin Echazarreta is very good in capturing close-up scenes of emotion but also the lavish costume and set design featured in the film, but most importantly capturing that look and feel of the 1700's.Read more ›
The film is beautifully produced, with stunning European countryside, palaces and best of all, the actors. Each one has a face that the camera adores and these faces (the Dauphin Louis, Nannerl, Leopold, and Louise of France especially) make you want to drink in each scene. The cinematographer works well in concert with the script, which leaves plenty to let you fill in the blanks--for example, the debauchery of the court at Versailles, under Louis XV and then his son, this Louis who died before he ascended the throne, a throne that ended in the bloodbath of the French Revolution under his son, Louis XVI.Read more ›
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An excellent movie, beautifully filmed and acted. You'll love this one!Published 7 days ago by Karen Colton Welles
This movie is well-written and very well acted by a high-quality cast, including several talented children & young people (meaning, actors less than 18 years old). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steven Schaufele
Gift for Xmas, but historical movies are always enjoyable to watch.
Can't wait to give it, so I can watch it.
Sorry I cannot be more possitive in rating this movie. Historically it may be accurate, which I ignore, but to my tste the story is presented in such a languid, slow moving pace... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joe Fernandez
If you do not like films about pre-teen girls growing up or want to sit through another film about brother –sister rivalry then perhaps this DVD is not for you. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Chris Martin
What a miserable film.
Granted it is about a short look at the life of Mozart's sister - Nannerl - who was possibly a frustrated genius overshadowed by her brother and... Read more