- General info
Isabelle Huppert gives a performance of astounding emotional intensity as Erika Kohut, a repressed woman in her late thirties who teaches piano at the Vienna Conservatory and lives with her tyrannical mother (Annie Girardot), with whom she has a volatile love-hate relationship. But when one of Erika's students, the handsome and assured Walter Klemmer (Benoit Magimel), attempts to seduce her, the barriers that she has carefully erected around her claustrophobic world are shattered, unleashing a previously inhibited extreme and uncontrollable desire.
- Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel, Susanne Lothar, Udo Samel, Anna Sigalevitch, Cornelia Köndgen, Thomas Weinhappel, Georg Friedrich, Philipp Heiss, William Mang, Rudolf Melichar, Michael Schottenberg, Gabriele Schuchter, Dieter Berner, Volker Waldegg, Martina Resetarits, Annemarie Schleinzer, Karoline Zeisler, Liliane Neiska
- Michael Haneke
- Voiced By:
- Noam Morgensztern
- Michael Haneke, Elfriede Jelinek
- Michael Haneke
- La pianiste
- Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
2001 Cannes Grand Prize
2001 Cannes Best Actress
2001 Cannes Best Actor
- Release Date:
- Run Time:
- 129 minutes
- French Dolby Digital 5.0
- DVD Regions:
- Region 2
- Aspect Ratio:
- Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
- Isabelle Huppert Commentary
- Interviews with Michael Haneke and Elfriede Jelinek
- Behind the scenes: post synchronisation
- Theatrical Trailer
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- The Piano Teacher review by CP Customer
This film is in French language with English subtitles. Having admired writer-director Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ (2012) and having a soft spot for actress Isabelle Huppert, I had expected to like this film better than three stars. It is a rather unpleasant journey into the sexual desires of what we used to call in less politically-correct times an “old maid”. She lives with her mother, teaches piano has a messy affair with a boy student. An atmosphere of repression and brutality hangs around the film, and it has no likeable characters. The quality of writing is high and so is the standard of directing. Perhaps it is more suited to cinephiles than to general viewers.
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A brilliant film if you can bear to watch it
- The Piano Teacher review by CB
To say this is a disturbing film is an understatement. It is vastly complex and very sordid. The acting is utterly wonderful.
I usually watch Heneke’s films two or three times but not this time. It is a difficult masterpiece.
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