La pianiste

La pianiste

The piano teacher

DVD - 2002 | French
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Erika is a loner. A middle aged piano teacher of some repute, she is unmarried, living with her mother in a small apartment in Vienna, her days an unending round of conservatory students, rehearsals, and dinner in front of the television. Her sex life consists of visits to sex shops and voyeurism. When she becomes involved with a student who has become infatuated with her, she tries to share her obsessions with him--with tragic results.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 30, 2015

English title: The Piano Teacher.
The Austrian-born Michael Haneke, who primarily works in French, is one of Europe's most consistently provocative and unsettling directors. Even though "Amour" found a larger audiences and seemed to show a thawing of his infamous chilly style, it was basically a horror film about aging. Unlike the more predictably controversial Lars Von Trier, Haneke's films are always controlled and quiet on the surface, while he remains a distant, yet cold-blooded presence. "The Piano Teacher" feels like a typical tale of a passionate, intense love story between an older piano teacher (an imperious Isabelle Huppert) and a young, cocky piano player, but it's far more disturbing, exploring sexual desire with a rare boldness and precision. Like many of his films, it's compelling and incisive, but I don't know if I'd want to watch it again. Haneke would work with Huppert again on "Time of the Wolf" and "Amour." Also see "Romance."

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