MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 5, 2024: SISI & I

Brilliant actresses Sandra Huller and Susanne Wolff give powerful performances in director Frauke Finsterwalder’s fascinating historical drama Sisi & I. As it chronicles the complex, complicated relationship between Austria’s legendary Empress Elisabeth (Wolff) and her faithful companion, Countess Irma Sztáray (Huller), in the final few years of Sisi’s life at the end of the 19th century, it explores themes of duty, friendship, and devotion — with fabulous period costumes.

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SISI & I – Review by Nadine Whitney

The cultural fascination with Empress Elisabeth of Austria remains well over a century after her tragic death. A rebellious royal who was minimised by her husband, dissatisfied with restrictive court life, and the nexus of gossip and intense public scrutiny, Elisabeth, or Sisi, was the precursor for Diana, Princess of Wales. Frauke Finsterwalder attempts to bring Sisi to life through the eyes of her faithful companion, Countess Irma Sztáray who was with Sisi in the final four years of her life. Finsterwalder’s reimagining of Sisi and her court is bold and modern.

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