• The Piano Teacher

    2001. Germany/Poland/France/Austria. Michael Haneke. 131 min.

Sunday, October 7, 2007, 6:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • The Piano Teacher

    2001. Germany/Poland/France/Austria. Directed by Michael Haneke. Thrumming with erotic tension and as precise as a metronome, Haneke's adaptation of the novel by Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek earned three major awards at Cannes: Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert), Best Actor (Benoît Magimel), and the Grand Jury Prize. Huppert gives a courageously uninhibited performance as Erika Kohut, a cold and ruthless piano teacher by day and a voyeuristic, pornophilic, and self-mutilating fantasist by night. Upsetting this delicate dichotomy is a gifted and seductive student nearly twenty years her junior, as each of them vies for the upper hand while plunging to the lowest depths of sexual transgression and defilement. Looming over her every thought and act—and taking up one side of her bed!—is Huppert's monstrously domineering mother (Girardot), in what is perhaps the most fascinating and fearless depiction of a mother-daughter relationship since Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata, another chamber piece of high culture, repression, narcissism, and madness. Courtesy Kino International. In French; English subtitles. 131 min.

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