The Piano Teacher Movie

The Piano Teacher

Erika lives with her domineering mother, who is immediately subjected to her mother's demanding questions the minute she walks through the door. Next she changes the game with a letter, inviting him into her fantasies. Klemmer's character should be aware of his uncommon talents but more oblivious to his sexiness and charms. British Board of Film Classification.

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This injures Anna's right hand, botching her aspirations to play at the forthcoming jubilee concert. We quickly realize Erika is completely manipulated and owned by her mother's invasive possessiveness.

Learn more More Like This. For other uses, see Pianist disambiguation. Now that would make sense. There is a self-assurance in Isabelle Huppert that defies all explanation. Why, when Erika finally gets what she's been asking for during the whole movie, does she suddenly become frigid?

Schubert and Schumann are her forte, but she's not quite at concert level. Magimel won his best actor award for standing up to her force. Appalling, compelling, horribly funny at times, but ultimately deeply despairing look at how people damage each other. This is a psychological study that rejects psychology, an erotic drama of surpassing coldness, and a story of amour fou in which the madness is calculated and the love frozen. He makes it clear he is interested in her.

She returns their furtive glances with a shriveling gaze. Favorite film about a pianist?

He doesn't play the standard movie character we'd expect in this role the immature twentysomething boy who flowers under the tutelage of an older woman. His movies are not to be entered into lightly.

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Huppert often plays repressed, closed-off, sexually alert women. Wayne State University Press.

The Piano Teacher doesn't give us easy answers, which should be expected from Michael Haneke. When Haneke told her he would not direct The Piano Teacher without her, game for mac full versions Huppert skimmed the screenplay and realized its potential. Michael Haneke on The Piano Teacher. The movie seems even more highly charged because it is wrapped in an elegant package.

The male clients are presumably there to indulge their fantasies about women, but faced with a real one, they look away, disturbed or ashamed. The story is one which is very unique and held my attention for the entire minutes, which is definitely a rarity for late night film watching, especially these days. In the classroom she sits without emotion, but listens attentively to her students.

In her early forties and single, she lives with her overprotective and controlling mother. Annie Girardot can be also very scary and mean, so as at the same time, kind of caring, it is complex. Portland Oregonian - Kim Morgan. She gives him the letter indicating acts she will consent to, but the list repulses him.

She responds coldly then demands he let her lead. There is a scene where she visits a porn shop in Vienna, creating an uncomfortable tension by her very presence. Best Film Not in the English Language.

This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum. Thomas Weinhappel as Baritone. Then she changes the role with a detailed letter, inviting him into her dark, twisted fantasies.

However, Haneke learned Jelinek and Valie Export had already adapted a screenplay, a project aborted due to lack of investment. Manker did not secure a budget, so the producer asked Haneke to direct.

Later that night, Walter arrives at Erika's apartment and attacks her in the fashion described in her letter. More From The Piano Teacher.

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She proceeds to give him a handjob before performing fellatio on him, but abruptly stops when he does not abide by her orders. For the scene in which Erika cuts herself in the bathtub, tubes and a pump were used for the false blood, which the props artist had to conceal from the camera under Huppert. We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your account. Despite veering off in a foolish and stagy extremes during its last few minutes, this is an believably inexorable experience. Maybe on Jupiter, where professors don't care if they get ridiculed and then fired.

However, when Erika witnesses Anna and Walter socializing, she slips to an empty coat room and breaks glass, hiding the shards inside one of Anna's coat pockets. What games does she want to play? The next day, Erika brings a kitchen knife to the concert where she is scheduled to substitute for Anna. Ambiguity and subtlety though not the same thing is apparently a struggle for some people to deal with.

If she were obviously a prostitute, they could handle that, but she's apparently there to indulge her own tastes, and that takes all the fun out of it, for them. As Erika slowly drifts closer to the brink of emotional disorder, she uses the love-stricken Walter to explore her darkest sado-masochistic fantasies, which eventually lead to her undoing. Just leave us a message here and we will work on getting you verified. Walter's idle thoughts about an experienced older woman have turned into nightmares about experiences he doesn't even want to know about. Meanwhile, another pupil, Anna Schober, struggles with anxiety while pushed by her own ambitious mother.

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Was this review helpful to you? What it does give us though, is perfect. The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek. But watching Huppert, a great actress tearing into a landmark role, is riveting. Despite this, Walter is admitted as Erika's pupil.

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In her early forties and single, she lives with her overprotective and controlling mother in a hermetically sealed world of love-hate and dependency, where there is no room for men. Her late father had been a long-standing resident in a psychiatric asylum. Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment.

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