La Pianiste

La Pianiste

DVD - 2002 | French
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The story of Erika, a middle-aged classical piano instructor who is trapped between her rigid passion for music and her suffocating home life. She escapes her life with nightly voyeuristic wanderings and self-inflicted masochistic experiments.
Publisher: New York : Kino on Video, [2002]
Edition: Letterboxed (1.851)
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE PIANO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (R)(125 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Laser optical
Alternative Title: Piano teacher
Notes: Based on the novel Die Klavierspielerin by Elfriede Jelinek
Special features: Interview with Isabelle Huppert; original theatrical trailer


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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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