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Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart (2010)

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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.


René Féret


René Féret (scenario)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie Féret ... Nannerl Mozart
Marc Barbé Marc Barbé ... Léopold Mozart
Delphine Chuillot Delphine Chuillot ... Anna-Maria Mozart
David Moreau David Moreau ... Wolfgang Mozart
Clovis Fouin Clovis Fouin ... Le Dauphin
Lisa Féret Lisa Féret ... Louise de France
Valentine Duval Valentine Duval ... Victorie de France
Adèle Leprêtre Adèle Leprêtre ... Sophie de France
Mona Heftre Mona Heftre ... Madame Van Eyck
Salomé Stévenin Salomé Stévenin ... Isabelle d'Aubusson
Julien Féret Julien Féret ... Maître de musique abbaye
Nicolas Giraud ... Maître de musique Versailles
Océane Jubert Océane Jubert ... Marie-Josèphe de Saxe
Arthur Tos Arthur Tos ... Hugues le Tourneur
René Féret René Féret ... Le professeur de musique


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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Release Date:

9 June 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La hermana de Mozart See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€108,749 (France), 13 June 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,046, 21 August 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$706,622, 19 February 2012
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Mozart's Sister is no Amadeus
5 September 2011 | by SeanMartinfieldSee all my reviews

It seems very tempting, Mozart's Sister – the opportunity of another 18th century costume picture, this one from France – produced, written and directed by René Féret. For those who enjoy historical fiction, the film poses as yet one more chance to unlock the doors and peer into the family closets of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. After all, it's been twenty-seven years since the spectacular emergence of director Milos Forman's Amadeus, which gathered eight Oscars, including Best Picture – as well as for the author of its screenplay, Peter Shaffer, adapting and shaping his multi-Tony Award-winning theatrical masterpiece into iconic cinematic genius. Since the 1984 premiere of Amadeus, business continues to boom in the Mozart industry; a chance at playing either of the Leading Roles of the so-called "rivals" – Mozart and (the nearly forgotten and second-rate) composer Antonio Salieri – continue to inflame the ambitions of many a stage actor; and a recent release of the film into Blu-Ray format proves that Amadeus is here to stay and guaranteed a re-incarnation into whatever format is on the horizon. Mozart's Sister is destined for landfill.

Amadeus and Mozart's Sister are both of the "re-imagined" variety. In other words, for its authors, Truth is but an adjunct to Creative License. Re-imagining the adventures of the Mozart family begins somewhere in a flurry of sheet music, ribbon-bound letters, yellowing diaries, and stories heard around any Music Conservatory. Somewhere in this reverie, René Féret and Peter Shaffer both employ the same controlling gimmick — "I coulda been somebody!" For Shaffer, Salieri knows his musical gifts are lacking, but the Viennese Court doesn't know it until Mozart suddenly shows up. According to Féret, Mozart's sister Nannerl believes that – had she been born as Wolfgang's brother – they might have become the first European Dynamic Duo. No need for Certitude here. "Re-imagined" needs just a few facts and figures, but the finished product requires the entertainment value of Barnum & Bailey. Mozart's Sister wouldn't qualify for a side show.

René Féret's shooting script of Mozart's Sister cannot avoid comparison to Amadeus. Peter Shaffer nurtured his idea through the disciplines of live Theatre. The structure and rhythm of his re-imagined Amadeus is developed through much rehearsal and three continuous years on Broadway before he re-vamps the script for Hollywood. By contrast, Féret's end product is a plodding, witless and gloomy bore. His treatment of the premise that Nannerl Mozart is a suppressed and thwarted genius composer with Box Office appeal similar to that of her brother's – is limp and void of artistic climax. Likewise, there's no satisfaction to be had in the tedious and anemic performances rendered by Féret's daughters – Marie as "Nannerl" and Lisa as "Louise of France".

Salieri, on the other hand, would applaud Mozart's Sister for its inherent mediocrity.

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