"BUT THINK if we had been males!"
Louise de France, the daughter of King Louis XV of France, makes this declaration to Nannerl Mozart, sister of the great composer Wolfgang. It's a sentiment that must have been felt by countless women, bound by their gender to bear and care for children, not expected or allowed to do much else with their lives.
Nannerl Mozart (played by Marie Feret, daughter of the director Rene Feret) was a gifted musician, just like her more famous brother. But she is not allowed into the composition lessons her stage dad, Leopold (Marc Barbe), gives to her brother (David Moreau) and is forbidden from playing the violin because it is not a woman's instrument. She is relegated to accompanying her brother on the harpsichord as the family travels around playing for royalty across Western Europe.
Rene Feret speculates on the artist that could have been as he focuses on Nannerl at 15. Stuck in a transient state between girl and woman, Nannerl dresses as a man for an audience with the young Dauphin (Clovis Fouin), who encourages her to write her own music and engages her in chaste flirting. (In reality, the Dauphin was decades older than Nannerl and these meetings wouldn't have happened.)