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  • Summary: Written, directed and produced by René Féret, Mozart's Sister is a re-imagined account of the early life of Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang 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 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. (Music Box Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Aug 18, 2011
    90
    A handsome and achingly sad period piece, a finely observed portrait of cast-aside dreams. The drama is quieter and more chaste than the similarly themed "Camille Claudel," but no less haunting.
  2. Reviewed by: Sarah Bryan Miller
    Sep 30, 2011
    88
    The film catches the Mozarts' true personalities in a way that Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" never approaches. In one scene, the siblings playfully improvise musical variations, and then joyfully rush to the clavier to write them down: There is the essence of Mozart.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 16, 2011
    83
    For everything that Mozart's Sister imagines, it leaves much more up to imagination.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Schied
    Aug 15, 2011
    70
    Writer/director René Féret tells the absorbing and ultimately tragic story of this gifted young woman now forgotten by history.
  5. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Sep 8, 2011
    70
    The injustice of the girl's thwarted career goes only so far, though Feret pushes it in some interesting directions.
  6. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Aug 18, 2011
    70
    Nannerl, the subject of at least three novels also titled "Mozart's Sister," is in this film meant to be something more than a chapter in her brother's biography though it's not exactly clear what. Somewhat frustratingly if reasonably, Mr. Féret never settles on whether she was a genius, a martyr, a feminist cause, a disappointed daughter, a resigned woman or all of the above.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Aug 20, 2011
    50
    As speculative storytelling goes, Mozart's Sister is ingenious but as moviemaking it's plodding.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Sep 14, 2011
    9
    David Moreau supplies a different Wolfgang than the one we remember so clearly by Tom Hulce in "Amadeus". He is younger, rounder-faced, more angelic, more childish. As he and his sister have a pillow fight, all of the mystique evaporates from the notion of being a "great composer." Through some happy chance, the child and man who created such bountiful music in so many styles and fashions was motivated by sheer enjoyment of the gift he had been given. It is one of those lives that makes you wonder at the glory of men. Not so much at the opportunities of women. Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2011
    7
    It's a good movie, but it just plods along at too slow of a pace in it's second half for me to give it a higher score. Marie Feret is outstanding as Nannerl Mozart - she can absolutely carry the film. It's a very subtle piece of art - nothing clubs you over the head . Her brother Wolfgang is not overplayed, and her parents are not extreme in their denying her artistic opportunities. These are facts of life for women of the age. It simply could have used a bit more drama to the viewer in, but I, nevertheless, admire the work. Expand
  3. Apr 22, 2012
    1
    What an interesting theme-how did the others in Mozart's family handle his talent and fame? Based on true accounts made it more alluring. But alas, once again, the French treatment is poor. It's mind boggling how the recent spate of French films get such high marks. The lead is very poor, unable to carry what should be her film. She is unconvincing at times, hard to hear, even incoherent. This character must touch me or the film is worthless. She didn't and the film is. I did do the dreaded FFWD stopping at places to see if it picked up, but no luck. The father was strong but others just fair. Collapse

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