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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.

The Piano Teacher
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  • Movie
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  • 130 minutes
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