The Piano Teacher

The Piano Teacher

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The Piano Teacher

How far is a man willing to go to be with the woman he wants? Erika (Isabelle Huppert) is a veteran piano instructor at a famous music conservatory in Vienna. Erika is highly respected for her remarkable talent and strong discipline, but she's also known to be a harsh taskmistress and does not suffer fools gladly; among her students, Erika's class is considered a highly rewarding challenge, but difficult to weather. Erika seems to get her stern and unforgiving nature from her mother (Annie Girardot), with whom she still lives, and without a husband or a lover, Erika satisfies her strong but frequently perverse sexual appetites through extreme porn videos, voyeurism, and masturbatory practices that sometimes involve pain and self-mutilation. Erika discovers she has attracted the attentions of one of her students, Walter (Benoit Maginel), a gifted and good-looking young man who does not seem at all put off by her icy personality. She refuses to acknowledge Walter's romantic overtures, but when he rises to the defense of a fellow student after a recital, Erika is enraged, and Walter pursues her, finally following her as she storms off to the women's room. Erika abruptly approaches Walter in a rough sexual fashion, but refuses to fully satisfy him until he is willing to allow her to control the relationship. When Walter becomes aware of just how much pain and humiliation is involved in Erika's erotic bill of fare, he refuses to participate, but in time his attraction to her causes him to weaken, and he begins to accede to her sexual demands. La Pianiste was shown in competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, where Isabelle Huppert and Benoit Maginel were named Best Actress and Best Actor, and writer/director Michael Haneke received the Jury's Grand Prize.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2017
UPC: 0715515203913
Original Release: 2001
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:10:00
Sales rank: 142

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Michael Haneke, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack; New interview with Haneke; New interview with actor Isabelle Huppert; Selected-scene commentary from 2001 featuring Huppert; Behind-the-scenes footage featuring Haneke and Huppert; Trailer; New English Subtitle translation

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isabelle Huppert Erica Kohut
Annie Girardot The Mother
Benoît Magimel Walter Klemmer
Susanne Lothar Mrs. Schober
Udo Samel Dr. Blonskij

Technical Credits
Michael Haneke Director,Screenwriter
Christian Berger Cinematographer
Yvon Crenn Executive Producer
Christine Gozlan Executive Producer
Veit Heiduschka Producer
Christoph Kanter Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Marin Karmitz Producer
Michael Katz Executive Producer
Nathalie Kreuther Executive Producer
Jean-Pierre Laforce Sound/Sound Designer
Nadine Muse Editor
Alain Sarde Producer
Guillaume Sciama Sound/Sound Designer
Monika Willi Editor

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The Piano Teacher 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie recently, on a whim... it was alright, but I certainly wasn't blown away by it. The performances by both lead characters were well-nuanced, although I thought the ending a bit abrupt. One moment the piano teacher is a deeply disturbed individual for whom one might feel pity, and then she just drops off the deep end into pure insanity. Who knows, maybe that is a reflection of true life. In any case, this movie could provide some interesting fodder for discussion.