In the 1850s, Ada (Hunter), a mute Scottish widow with a young daughter, agrees to an arranged marriage with Stewart (Neill), a colonial landowner in New Zealand. The way she expresses her feelings is by playing her cherished piano, left behind on the beach by her new husband. Another settler, George (Keitel), buys it, arranges for lessons with Ada, and soon the duo begin a grand passion leading to a cruelly calculated revenge. Fiercely poetic and well acted (with Keitel in a notably romantic role), though the film may be too dark and intense for some. Fine original score with Hunter doing her own piano playing.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 120 minutes.
Originally from Australian.
Oscars 1993: Actress (Hunter), Orig. Screenplay, Support. Actress (Paquin); Australian Film Inst. 1993: Actor (Keitel), Actress (Hunter), Cinematog., Costume Des., Director (Campion), Film, Film Editing, Screenplay, Sound, Score; British Acad. 1993: Actress (Hunter); Cannes 1993: Actress (Hunter), Film; Golden Globes 1994: Actress--Drama (Hunter); Ind. Spirit 1994: Foreign Film; L.A. Film Critics 1993: Actress (Hunter), Cinematog., Director (Campion), Screenplay, Support. Actress (Paquin); Natl. Bd. of Review 1993: Actress (Hunter); N.Y. Film Critics 1993: Actress (Hunter), Director (Campion), Screenplay; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1993: Actress (Hunter), Screenplay; Writers Guild 1993: Orig. Screenplay.
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