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.
“An inquisitive, curious and gorgeously accoutered period piece about
science, the senses and the position of women in Mozart-era Austria.”
-The Hollywood Reporter
“Sensual, sensitive historical drama. A fresh, inquisitive portrait…
the engrossing result feels entirely modern.”
“An exquisitely crafted period drama. A superb performance from Maria Dragus pulls Maria from the pages of history.” -Screen Daily “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
“A subtle and intelligent film about the historical crisis of female subjectivity
and the various men who attempt to control that emerging identity.” -CinemaScope Magazine On iTunes November 27 | On DVD December 11
DVD MSRP: $24.95
Catalog #: FRF 917728D
Run Time – 97 minutes
Language – German & French with English subtitles
Year – 2017