Sisi & I

Sisi & Ich

Germany, Switzerland, Austria 2022
In German, English and French, subtitles in English
133 min
Suitable for audiences aged 16 and above
Director: Frauke Finsterwalder
Screenplay: Frauke Finsterwalder, Christian Kracht
Cast: Sandra Hüller, Susanne Wolff, Georg Friedrich, Tom Rhys Harries
Production: Tobias Walker, Philipp Worm, Wiebke Andresen, / Walker Worm Film, MMC Movies, C-Films AG
Print Source: The Match Factory

Frauke Finsterwalder's Sisi & I, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, participates in the big airing of the myth of Empress Sissi with a bold approach. The point of view is given by the Empress's maid of honor, Countess Irma Sztáray. The clumsy but sincerely devoted lady-in-waiting Irma is interpreted by Sandra Hüller, a woman who specializes in awkward situations. Susanne Wolff is charismatic as the unpredictable drama empress, and Georg Friedrich, who has been seen also as the main character of Ulrich Seidlin's Sparta, steals the show as the flamboyant brother-in-law, Archduke Ludwig Viktor ("Luziwuzi") of Austria. Thomas W. Kiennast's smooth shooting for 16 mm film and the summery costumes for Jessica Hausner by her sister Tanja Hausner balance the at times boisterous events in the film.

Tytti Rantanen