Blu-ray, DVD Release: Mozart’s Sister

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 14, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $38.95
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Marie Féret is Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart in Mozart’s Sister.

Marie Féret portrays Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart, the older sibling of you-know-who, in the 2010 music-filled French drama film Mozart’s Sister.

In 18th century Europe, “Nannerl” Mozart, an accomplished singer, harpsichordist and violinist, is first held forth as her family’s infant prodigy and its featured performer. That is, of course, until her five-years-young brother Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (David Moreau) begins to take center stage.

As their strict but loving father Leopold (Marc Barbe) tours them in front of the royal courts of pre-French revolution Europe, Nannerl approaches marriageable age. Nannerl’s father bows to social strictures “for her own good” and forbids her to continue with the violin or composition, while privately conceding her talent to his wife. Nannerl chafes at the limitations imposed by her gender, until a friendship with the son and daughter of Louis XV offers her a way to challenge the established sexual and social order.

Directed by René Féret, Mozart’s Sister opened to a limited run in U.S. theaters in August 2011 and has grossed $700,000 at the box office. While there, the movie received some nice reviews.

On DVD and Blu-ray, the film is presented in French with English subtitles. The discs contain an original soundtrack CD (featuring the score of Marie-Jeanne Serero) as a bonus feature.

Here’s the movie’s trailer:


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