Mozart's Sister (2010)

Mozart's Sister (French title: Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart), a biopic of the older sister of Amadeus, debuted at film festivals last year and will be released in American theatres in August 2011 (limited).

Synopsis: "A speculative account of Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart (Marie Feret), five years older than Wolfgang (David Moreau) and a musical prodigy in her own right. Originally the featured performer, she has given way to Wolfgang as the main attraction, as their strict but loving father Leopold (Marc Barbe) 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 an alternative."

Review by Variety: Rene Feret's lively, fascinating costumer about Mozart's talented older sister Nannerl smartly incorporates just enough fiction to bring history into sharp focus as it follows the Mozart family on the road from one royal court to the next. Feminist without the arrogance of 20-20 hindsight, vividly precise in its depiction of 18th-century pre-revolutionary France (the filmmakers were allowed to shoot inside Versailles), alive with exuberantly thesped personages and awash in the joy and power of music, the pic is a stunner. A treat for classical music lovers and cinephiles alike, "Nannerl" seems sure to strike a chord with arthouse distribs worldwide... (read entire review)

Official site
Wikipedia: Maria Anna Mozart

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  1. This one looks really cool. I always wondered about Nannerl. I'm sure it's embellished a bit and I wish it was in English, but I'll look out for this one.

    Boy have you ever been super blogging this week!

  2. @Jenny Allworthy
    But don't you know some French living in bilingual Canada? The subtitles are welcomed of course!

    Yes, busy this week...problem is too many things interest me and then I feel the need to share! Ironically, I'm trying to get to the point where I can walk away from the blog.

  3. Thank goodness for subtitles! This movie sounds like it could be a great one. I love learning about relatively obscure historical figures.

  4. Well Cheryl, I did take French until Grade 13 (only in Ontario did we have Grade 13!) but not much chance to use it since. You are in a much better area to be using french regularly, and you are probably bilingue, right?

    Now I am tres jaloux! Would you prescribe more french period drama to assist my poor french skills? Or should I say franglais skills? Sigh!

    P.S. Thanks for sharing all your great stuff. You are an amazing blogger!

  5. @Melanie
    I do as well! I've only heard about Mozart so eager to hear more of his sister.

    @Jenny Allworthy
    I'm not bilingual either but I probably do have more occasions to use my French! (Funny how a few kilometres makes a difference!) I tend to go in spurts in listening to French music and watching films although I do lean on subtitles. Recent ones that I enjoyed are 'Of Gods and Men' and 'Le Roi Soleil' :)

    Thanks for your kind comment! But I know that you manage to watch more period dramas than I do!



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