Friday, June 10, 2011

Mozart’s Sister Nannerl, La Soeur De Mozart (Mozart's Sister)

Director: René Féret

Starring: David Moreau, Marie Féret, Delphine Chuillot, Clovis Fouin

What goes on tour stays on tour, this is an everyday story of the family, Mozart. Under the directed by an obsessed stage father, Léopold Mozart (Marc Barbé) and nurtured by mother Anna Maria (Delphine Chuillot) the family Mozart tour Europe following the patronage of the wealthy in the 18th century. Young Wolfgang Mozart (David Moreau) had an older sister Maria Anna "Nannerl" Mozart (Marie Féret) who plays harpsichord accompaniment for her protégé brother. Despite being a gifted musician, Nannerl must accept the 18th century convention from becoming a principal violinist and composer. This is a source of frustration to Nannerl but a chance meeting with Louise de France (Lisa Féret) daughter of King Louis XV, sees the girls become close friends. Louise entrusts a love letter to Nannerl to deliver to Hugues le Tourneur (Arthur Tos), when she visits the King’s Court in Versailles. There she meets the King’s son, the Dauphin (Clovis Fouin), who was recently widowed. Struck by her virtuoso he encourages her to compose and secretly commissions a chamber orchestra to perform her work, inviting her to play first violin. Conforming to the prevailing protocol, she’s forced to disguise herself as a male on these occasions. An unfulfilled love affair ensues with a plot not that far removed from Mozart opera. The movie is beautifully shot by Benjamin Echazarreta with some of the scenes filmed at the Palace at Versailles, which adds greatly to the film's sense of place and time. A balance of fact and fiction definately one for music lovers.

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