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      Mademoiselle Paradis

      2017 1h 37m History Drama List
      100% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 100% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings A gifted and blind 18th-century Viennese pianist works with an extraordinary physician to restore her sight, but she slowly begins to realize that her recovery is coming at a terrible price. Read More Read Less

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      Guy Lodge Variety The engrossing result feels entirely modern, despite more spectacular, candy-colored ruffles than you can shake a bustle at. Sep 26, 2017 Full Review Boyd van Hoeij Hollywood Reporter An inquisitive, curious and gorgeously accoutered period piece about science, the senses and the position of women in Mozart-era Austria. Sep 12, 2017 Full Review Kate Taylor Globe and Mail Director Barbara Albert fashions a remarkable image of blindness and healing, of cruelty and of compassion. Rated: 3/4 Sep 11, 2017 Full Review Luke Gorham In Review Online Still, Mademoiselle Paradis is a satisfyingly left-of-center trifle, indulging the stylistic pomposity of this society while also ruthlessly critiquing it. Aug 13, 2020 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com It is Dragus who remains the beating heart of Mademoiselle Paradis. Her face a complex cascade of differentiating shades of anguish, and she spins Resi into a highly empathetic characterization. Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 10, 2019 Full Review Pamela Powell FF2 Media Dragus' performance is exquisite as she embodies the blind musician, creating a thought-provoking situation of the price we place on our senses and abilities. Aug 22, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Peter G This film by Barbara Albert is the thoroughly engrossing actual story regarding the blind pianist Maria Therisia Paradis who was temporarily able to regain her vision with the controversial treatment from an innovative figure Dr. (?) Mesmer (origin of the expression mesmerized) in 18th century Vienna. His treatment of Paradis' condition, which was perhaps related to ocular amaurosis had some benefits but this muscular disorder affected Paradis in such away that her virtuosic playing was compromised & this was eventually eventually restored once her blindness returned. All this actually took place but details concerning Paradis' condition its cause, temporary cure, & eventual visual regression are still uncertain to this day. Albert's view regarding Vienna society (as well as Paradis' selfish parents who view her as a meal ticket at the expense of her some helpful treatment, however temporary, from Mesner) is vividly described. In particular the performance of the Romanian actress Maria Dragus holds ones attention & she does not shy away from showing Paradis' sometimes unsympathetic qualities. The German actor Devid Striesow as Mesmer does interesting work as well. An unusual Film & one seen, it seems, by more critics than audiences. Well worth one's attention & Dragus gives the film much of its impact. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Full of symbolism and deep philosophical questions about what it means to see and to be noticed, this film pulls you into a woman's struggle to regain her sight without losing her virtuoso talent. The amazing costumes and sets, acting and writing, direction and lighting will stand out in my mind for a long time to come. This is what cinema should be and hasn't been in America for a very long time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A gifted and blind 18th-century Viennese pianist works with an extraordinary physician to restore her sight, but she slowly begins to realize that her recovery is coming at a terrible price.
      Director
      Barbara Albert
      Screenwriter
      Kathrin Resetarits
      Production Co
      Arte, Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), LooksFilm
      Genre
      History, Drama
      Original Language
      German
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 25, 2018
      Runtime
      1h 37m
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