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Mozart’s Sister-Movie Review 07/01/2012

Posted by Films to consider in Las Palmas Film Festival, Satellite Awards.
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Mozart’s Sister (French) 2010
Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart

Directed by Réné Féret
Starring Marie Féret, Marc Barbe, David Moreau, Lisa Féret, and Delphine Chuillot

WINNER, Best Actress (Féret), Silver Lady Harimaguada (Réné Féret), NOMINATED, Golden Lady Harimaguada (Réné Féret), Las Palmas Film Festival
NOMINATED, Best Supporting Actress (Lisa Féret), Best Picture-Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay (Réné Féret), Satellite Awards

This is a fictional account of the teenage years of Maria Anna Mozart (Marie Féret), older sister of Wolfgang (Moreau) and most likely an accomplished musician and vocalist in her own right. Unfortunately, the times were not accepting of certain talents in women. As Réné Féret imagines it, Leopold Mozart (Barbe), a loving but strict father, does not permit Maria (who was nicknamed Nannerl) to compose or to play the violin, two pursuits considered unsuitable for girls. Instead he grooms Wolfgang to take center stage, while Nannerl accompanies him.

The movie ends with Nannerl starting to accept her fate; in reality, her life had many twists and turns, and, during a great part of it, she was estranged from her brother.

This film is worth watching not only for its imagined story, but for the music (the DVD is accompanied by a CD). Marie Féret, who sings and plays beautifully, is the daughter of the director. Another daughter, Lisa, plays the young princess Louise de France, who befriends Nannerl.

120 min. Not rated. Suitable for teens and preteens.