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Posted October 1, 2010
Pretentious, Shallow, and Irritating
Jane Campion's 'The Piano' comes across as nothing more than a pretentious and dull piece of melo-dramatic cinema. Its only saving grace is the beutiful cinematography of New Zealand's untamed wilderness and a strong performance by Harvey Keitel. One finds it hard to associate with either Ada (Holly Hunter) or her pretentious daughter Flora (Anna Paquin.) Their prudish and overly self-righteous personalities simply evoke no sympathy. Anna Paquin's character acting as Hunter's mouthpiece added to the irritation: after two-hours of listenting to a child's incessant temper tantrums, I lost all interest in the film's direction. Overall, a very forgettable melo-drama about a prudish woman with a pretentious and insolent daughter who both feel that life in the colonies should revolve only around their needs. A real yawner where the only things that keep you awake are the overly irritating temper tantrums of Anna Paquin's character.
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