Erika Kohut, a sexually repressed piano teacher living with her domineering mother, meets a young man who starts romantically pursuing her.
|Original Title||:||La Pianiste|
|Release Date||:||May 14, 2001|
|Production Company||:||Arte, Canal+, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Bavaria Film International, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)|
|Production Countries||:||Austria, France|
|Writers||:||Michael Haneke, Elfriede Jelinek|
|Casts||:||Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel, Susanne Lothar, Udo Samel, Anna Sigalevitch, Cornelia Köndgen, Thomas Weinhappel, Georg Friedrich, Philipp Heiss, William Mang, Rudolf Melichar, Michael Schottenberg, Gabriele Schuchter, Dieter Berner|
|Plot Keywords||:||mother, sex, based on novel, nudity, fantasy, fetish, masochism, power, victim, music, concert, love, controversial, teacher, student, pianist, attraction, desire, submissive, voyeur, domineering|
Isabelle Huppert must be one of the greatest actresses of her or any other generation. "La Pianiste" truly confirms it. As if that wasn't enough, Annie Girardot plays her mother and Annie Girardot is one of the greatest actresses of her or any other generation. So, as you may well imagine, those pieces of casting are worth the horror we're put through. Isabelle and Annie play characters we've never seen before on the screen. A mother and daughter yes but with such virulent fearlessness that sometimes I was unable even to blink or to breath. Personally, I don't believe in the director's intentions, I don't believe they (the intentions that is) go beyond the shocking anecdote and the ending made me scream with frustration but I was riveted by the story written in the face of the sensational Huppert and the fierceness of Girardot's strength. I highly recommend it to cinema lovers anywhere and to the collectors of great performances like me, you can't afford to miss "La Pianiste"