Mozart’s Sister (2010)
Mozart’s Sister follows the Mozart family as they live their tiring life touring from city to city, traveling by couch, playing for the wealthy and royal as they go. Each marvels at the genius of the young Wolfgang and his sister, Nannerl, who is also an accomplished harpsichordist, violinist and has a voice of gold. Nannerl’s talent however is overshadowed by that of her brother’s. Not to mention her father’s firm belief that women shouldn’t play the violin or compose so he tries to stifle her creativity in both areas, it’s all for her own good. Nannerl refuses to be limited by her fathers rules but when she strikes out on her own she experiences nothing but disappoint. So she returns to her family and devotes her life to her father and brother. Starring Marie Feret, Marc Barbe, Delphine Chuillot, David Moreau, Clovis Fouin, Lisa Feret, Valentine Duval, Adele Lepretre, Mona Heftre.
Mozarts Sister tells a sad and haunting story that begs the question how many female geniuses were left behind in a time when women were constrained to specific roles. Like most foreign films Mozart’s Sister is light on the dialogue and heavy on the silence and knowing looks, or in this case heavy on the music. Can’t say I can complain because I don’t love reading subtitles. I can’t really speak to the actors for this film since I am not aware of any of their other performances and honestly this is mostly about the story and doesn’t require great acting to carry it. Amazingly despite the length and foreign language the film didn’t feel long. I wouldn’t call it a drama because there is nothing dramatic about it. It is provoking however and that is its power.
8/10 Stars – A thought-provoking story with some hauntingly beautiful music.
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