Mademoiselle Paradis (2017)

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A blind pianist living in 18th-century Vienna forms an extraordinary relationship with the physician who is trying to restore her sight.

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  • Devid Striesow and Maria Dragus in Mademoiselle Paradis (2017)
  • Barbara Albert in Mademoiselle Paradis (2017)
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  • Maria Dragus and Maresi Riegner in Mademoiselle Paradis (2017)
  • Maria Dragus in Mademoiselle Paradis (2017)
  • Christine A. Maier in Mademoiselle Paradis (2017)

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Kathrin Resetarits (screenplay), Barbara Albert (collaboration on screenplay), Alissa Walser (novel)

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8 April 2018 | Saint_Pauley
| Well made historical drama
Mademoiselle Paradis is the true story of blind Austrian prodigy pianist Maria Theresia Paradis (1759-1824) and her treatment under controversial doctor Franz Anton Mesmer (who believed there is an invisible aether coursing through us, that the treatment of this liquid could cure diseases, and from whom we get the terms 'mesmerize' and 'animal magnetism'). He was, it would seem, able to cure her blindness long as she was in his care.

I don't know if the film is interesting from a historical point of view or if it's only the director that makes it so. What I do know is interesting is the directing, which makes good use of lighting and contrast to illuminate the story of this blind young woman and dispel the shadows around medicine and misogyny in late 18th century Europe.

The actors and their costumes blend in perfectly with the setting, so fans of period dramas will find a lot to admire here. In short, this film is like Mesmer's liquid: no one will ever see it, but that doesn't mean it's without power.

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