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The Piano Teacher

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The Piano Teacher

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
130 minutes
Wide Release Date:
03/29/02
performer:
Annie Giradot, Isabelle Huppert, Benoit Magimel
director:
Michael Haneke
distributor:
Kino International
author:
Michael Haneke
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, who specializes in the unnerving and disturbing, finds simpatico source material in a novel by Elfriede Jelinek about Erika (Isabelle Huppert), a hard, taut, unmarried music teacher who bullies her students at the Vienna Conservatory, comes home to a claustrophobic, sadomasochistic relationship with her old mother (Annie Girardot), and gets off on porn, peeping, and self-mutilation. And that’s before she meets Walter (Benoit Magimel), a bold younger student who plugs into her electric current of crazy. Those who would follow Haneke on his creepy explorations in The Piano Teacher are rewarded by brutal, committed performances from Huppert and Magimel.