The Piano Teacher

The Piano Teacher (2001)

The Piano Teacher
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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
Genres:Drama, Romance
Production Company:Arte, Canal+, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Bavaria Film International, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)
Production Countries:Austria, France
Director:Michael Haneke
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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
  • A Compelling Shoker
    May 23, 2009

    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"