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Mademoiselle Paradis
A film by Barbara Albert

97 minutes, color, 2017
In German with English subtitles


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Synopsis

Set in 18th century Vienna, this is the true story of Maria Paradis, a gifted piano player and friend of Mozart, who lost her eyesight as a child. Desperate to cure their talented daughter, her parents entrust Maria to the famous Dr. Franz Mesmer, whose theory about animal magnetism had attracted a wide following. Using the doctor's controversial technique, Maria recovers her sight.

But this miracle comes at a price as Maria progressively starts to lose her gift for music. She will have to choose: an ordinary life in the light or an extraordinary life in darkness, as a virtuoso.


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Reviews

"Sensual historical drama. A fresh, engrossing portrait that feels entirely modern." - VARIETY

"An inquisitive and gorgeously accoutered period piece about science, the senses and the position of women in Mozart-era Austria." - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"A stunning success...told with passion and grace. Maria Dragus is simply extraordinary." - THE PLAYLIST

"Director Barbara Albert fashions a remarkable image of blindness and healing, of cruelty and of compassion." - THE GLOBE & MAIL

"Exquisitely crafted. A superb performance from Maria Dragus." - SCREEN DAILY



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