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Piano Teacher, The ( pianiste, La ) (2002) Movie Information

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Michael Haneke


Isabelle Huppert
Annie Girardot
Benoît Magimel
Susanne Lothar
Udo Samel
Anna Sigalevitch





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Erika Kohut is a piano teacher at the Vienna Conservatory prestigious music school in Vienna. 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 sex life consists of voyeurism and masochistic self-injury. Lonely and alienated, Erika finds solace by visiting sex shops and experimenting with masochism. Ata a recital, she befriends Walter, a handsome young man, whom she seduces and with whom she begins an illicit affair. 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. -- rachelle

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Chris Kavan 06/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Michael Haneke is always one to push the envelope and Piano Teacher is no different. Isabelle Huppert really gives a daring performance, even if her character makes all other "crazy" girlfriends look sane by comparison. This goes to some very dark places and I'm not sure I would want to visit them again.

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Allison 05/02/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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I nearly stopped watching this. It isn't surprising that Michael Haneke's goal was to shock and disgust. However, now Ms. Huppert is my favorite living actress so it was worth it. The lady who wrote the novel Elfriede Jelinek won a Nobel Prize for her book, but I think it set feminism back 100 years.

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