A great performance...[Paradis]’s many contradictions and uncertainties feel entirely organic in what's one hell of a high-wire performance.
Nominated for the Platform Prize at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Mademoiselle Paradis is a sumptuously photographed period piece from director Barbara Allen.
The film tells the true story of Maria Theresia von Paradis, a gifted piano player in Rococo Vienna, who lost her eye-sight as a child. Desperate to cure their daughter, the Paradis family entrust Maria to Dr. Mesmer, a forward-thinking-physician. Under his care, Maria slowly recovers her sight. But this miracle comes at a price as she progressively starts to lose her gift for music. Faced with a heavy dilemma, Mademoiselle Paradis will have to choose: an ordinary life in the light or an extraordinary life in darkness.