A friend recommended the historical movie Mozart’s Sister, which I also recently enjoyed.
It is based on the real-life Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia Mozart, nicknamed “Nannerl.” She’s a worthy subject: not only was she a talented singer and harpsichord player, but there’s evidence that she was a composer, as well. It’s a tragic story: in her necessary submission to her father and society, she must give up her talents and passions.
I thought the daily life details very well done in this movie — with the exception of lipstick and nailpolish! I wasn’t quite convinced that the actors and actresses were the ones playing their instruments, but I was happy to go along with the fantasy. The character of the Dauphin was memorable, as were all the members of the Mozart family.
It is one of those delicious French movies with long, poetic monologues: I do love these!
In short: I recommend it.
There was always something tragic about fathers restricting their talented daughters’ movements and quashing their ambitions that breaks our hearts, even though we believe that these daughters were much loved. Another example – Fanny Mendelssohn may have been as talented and passionate about music as Felix was.
I can’t find the film in any Melbourne cinema at the moment, but I will keep on looking.
It’s true — and how many daughters aided their fathers (Milton) and how many wives their husbands? One thing I love about historical fiction and movies like this is that it help bring their talents into the picture.