Set in 18th-century Vienna, Austrian director Barbara Albert's (FALLING, FREE RADICALS) stunning period piece centers on 18-year-old Maria Theresia ("Resi") Paradis (Maria Dragus), a pianist of exceptional talent who has been blind since the age of three. After countless failed attempts to restore her sight, Resi's overbearing parents decide to pursue a controversial "miracle doctor," Franz Anton Mesmer, as their last hope for a cure. Moving into the estate of the doctor and his wife, Resi begins to enjoy personal freedom for the first time. But, as Mesmer's treatments begin to succeed, Resi notices that as her sight is returning, her musical virtuosity is declining. DIR Barbara Albert; SCR Kathrin Resetarits, from the novel "Mesmerized" by Alissa Walser; PROD Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Michael Kitzberger. Austria/Germany, 2018, color, 97 min. In German with English subtitles. NOT RATED
AFI Member passes accepted.