The Piano Teacher Movie Review 2001

Information and Film Reviews for The Piano Teacher the Movie

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Middle-aged Erika (Huppert) teaches piano at the Vienna Conservatory where she is demanding--if not cruel--to her students. Erika lives with her controlling mother (Girardot) and spends her off hours mutiliating herself, watching porn, and engaging in other bizarre behavior. Which doesn't improve when she agrees to a questionable sexual relationship (on her masochistic terms) with hot new student Walter (Magimel). Not for the faint-hearted; adapted from the 1983 novel by Effriede Jelinek. French with subtitles.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 130 minutes.
Originally from French, Austrian.

Cast and Crew

Sexcapades, Dedicated Teachers, Jealousy, Sanity Check
Michael Haneke
Isabelle Huppert, Benoit Magimel, Annie Girardot, Udo Samel, Susanne Lothar, Anna Sigalenteh
Christian Berger
Michael Haneke
Jean-Pierre Laforce, Guillaume Sciama, Monika Willi, Nadine Muse, Annette Beaufays, Christoph Kanter
Alain Sarde, Marin Karmitz, Veit Heiduschka, MK2, Wega-Film, Kino International


Cannes 2001: Actor (Magimel), Actress (Huppert), Grand Jury Prize.

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