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Mozart's Sister (0/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 120 minutes.
OK for children.
This speculates about Wolfgang
Mozart's (David Moreau) sister, Nannerl (Marie Féret), who was
apparently a highly talented violinist and harpsichordist, but who
couldn't have a career due to her sex. So their father concentrated all
his efforts on Wolfgang, sacrificing Nannerl.
While this might be a slightly
interesting story if told by a filmmaker who had any money and the
judgment to make it a relatively short film, this almost interminable
effort by writer, director, producer René Féret was obviously made on a
shoestring. There's nothing wrong with that; in fact, I admire
filmmakers who devote everything they have to a project in which they
believe. But here most of the actors are relatives. His daughter plays
the title role. All told there are four Férets in the cast, including
René. None of the actors show even an iota of emotion, save the non-Féret
Clovis Foujin, who plays Le Dauphin, who loses his composure for about
17 seconds near the end of the film. Other than Clovis, these are people
who seem to be just reading teleprompters.
Féret completely fails to
capture the frustration Nannerl must have felt as she saw her talent
going to waste and her father forgetting her and concentrating on her
younger brother. That, after all, is the point of the film. But one
never feels that Nannerl feels much of anything as she just goes about
her life as if it had all been written.
Worse than how long this
drags, this is a costume drama set in 18th Century France that should
have been filled with beautiful vistas and colorful costumes, but Féret
used film stock that looks like it was old Trucolor film discarded by
Republic Pictures in the late '40s. It's so washed out there couldn't
have been less color had he used black and white film. In French.