La pianiste

La pianiste

The piano teacher

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, c2001]
Edition: Unrated director's cut.
Copyright Date: ©2002, c2001
Branch Call Number: FRE DVD FEATURE PIA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: Piano teacher


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Dec 27, 2020

I read half of the book . Gave up because the writing style sucks . Then saw the movie and have to read the book again. I realised I do not like this director at all . In his other movies it works to not explain things , but not in this one .She is somewhat self-aware . There are even moments in the book when she is self loathing and whining . So to leave out all the reasons for her behaviour is a crime .

Feb 20, 2019

Not what I was expecting. I didn't like it. Too bizarre. I needed to know why she was the way she was. Isabel was good in the movie and have seen several of her movies, which I did like.

Oct 26, 2018

Histoire sordide et combien troublante et l'un des plus grands rôles d'Isabelle Huppert. Quelle actrice courageuse qui n'a pas peur de jouer les personnages dérangés et dérangeants.

Oct 22, 2017

I saw this movie when it first came out and I remember being mostly shocked by it. On second viewing, I got more out of it. I was able to see the Isabelle Huppert character as more than just a disturbed person. Disturbed people don't come from nothing. I watched again trying to understand what could make someone behave that way. This is really a kind of psychological thriller. The shift of power and control between the three main characters - piano teacher (Isabelle Huppert), her mother (Annie Girardot), a younger male student (Benoît Magimel) is fascinating and, yes, disturbing. Sex is a weapon and piano teacher, Ms. Erika Kohut, is wielding it. As a piano teacher, she is the picture of what's proper, if a bit stern. When she steps out of that role, she becomes something else. If you are looking for a light comedy, this ain't it. Director Michael Haneke doesn't make such films. But, his films are brilliant. The three main actors fill their roles with equal, uncompromising intensity.

Feb 02, 2017

Isabelle Huppert! Cannot get enough of this actor. Quite extraordinaire.

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."

Jan 05, 2015

Michael Haneke is a director of high repute ... but ... this sordid story scrapes the bottom of the cess pit for me!

Aug 12, 2013

This film by controversial director Michael Haneke is fairly unique for its theme. It is an exploration of human psychology where desires are supressed and twisted. A fairly interesting film by a talented director.

Apr 12, 2011

I applaud the important erotic experiment that forms the basis of this film: a brusque, passionate, celibate professor of music tries to enact her kinky sexual urges with a younger student. Isabelle Huppert is absolutely perfect as the music teacher. But in the end, the film is a disappointment, because it chickens out and opts for the conventional bourgeois cop-out that kinky sex must be associated with mental instability. Instead, why couldn’t it have adopted the more interesting and realistic approach of portraying the complex spectrum of human sexual expression as normal?


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