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Mozart's Sister (2010)

Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart (original title)
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A reimagined account of the early life of Maria Anna 'Nannerl' Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang, and a musical prodigy in her own right.

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Nannerl Mozart
Marc Barbé ...
Léopold Mozart
Delphine Chuillot ...
Anna-Maria Mozart
David Moreau ...
Clovis Fouin ...
Le Dauphin
Lisa Féret ...
Louise de France
Valentine Duval ...
Victorie de France
Adèle Leprêtre ...
Mona Heftre ...
Madame Van Eyck
Salomé Stévenin ...
Isabelle d'Aubusson
Julien Féret ...
Maître de musique abbaye
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Maître de musique Versailles
Océane Jubert ...
Marie-Josèphe de Saxe
Arthur Tos ...
Hugues le Tourneur
René Féret ...
Le professeur de musique
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Beginning in 1763, the film follows the Mozart family's exhausting life on the road, traveling by coach from one royal court to the next, where the nobility marvel at young Wolfgang's prodigious talent. But accomplished singer, harpsichordist, violinist Nannerl, Wolfgang's elder by five years, first held forth as the family's infant prodigy. At the film begins, she is still performing, though overshadowed and sidelined as accompanist by Wolfgang's growing fame. Her father bows to social strictures "for her own good," refusing to let her continue with the violin or compose, while privately conceding Nannerl's talent to his wife. No longer a precocious tot, Nannerl chafes at the limitations imposed by her gender and frets about her prospects. Written by Palm Springs Internation Film Festival

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9 June 2010 (France)  »

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La hermana de Mozart  »

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$34,046 (USA) (19 August 2011)

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$706,622 (USA) (17 February 2012)
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Near the opening of the film, Nannerl tells Louise that she is 14, almost fifteen. This place the action in the winter of 1765-66. While the character Louise says she is 13, the real Louise would have been 28 years old. In fact, the princess return to court from the Abbey of Fontevraud in 1750, the year before Nannerl's birth. See more »

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What a waste....
7 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Mozart, that legendary impresario, had an sibling who actually helped write a lot of his early work, and got precisely no credit for it... due to the sexist society at the time. She was also a brilliant violinist, but was forced to play the harpsichord by her father as the violin 'was no instrument for a lady.' Meanwhile, everyone mooned over her brother, the 'child prodigy', leaving her completely in the shade. In fact, a lot of what she could have achieved she didn't thanks to the patriarchal beliefs back in the 18th century, and by the sound of the epilogue she had a pretty miserable life after she gave up on all her hopes and dreams. Nice.

How much of this has a basis in reality I don't know, but I suspect there's a fair bit of airbrushing of history here. What can't be denied though, is this is a well acted drama of family ties and unfulfilled potential, full of wonderful classical music and handsome costumes. This is strictly a placid affair... You're not going to see any fireworks going off, and some people may find it all a bit too stagy. But Nannerl is a captivating lead, and while her story might not be 100% accurate as depicted here, it's well worth investing the nearly two hours to discover it. And isn't that really what matters, at the end of the day? 6/10


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