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The Piano Teacher

"The Piano Teacher" is a powerful and controversial new drama from the award winning filmmaker Michael Haneke ("Funny Games"). Isabelle Huppert ("8 Women") gives a performance of astounding emotional intensity as Erika Kohut, a repressed woman in her late thirties who teaches piano at the Vienna Conservatory and lives with her tyrannical mother (Annie Girardot), with whom she has a volatile love-hate relationship. But when one of Erika's students, the handsome and assured Walter Klemmer (Benoit Magimel), attempts to seduce her, the barriers that she has carefully erected around her claustrophobic world are shattered, unleashing a previously inhibited extreme and uncontrollable desire.

Year: 2001
Genre: French Cinema, Film Festivals 2002, Nick's Favourites, Ed's Favourites, 2003, Best of Post 2000, Extreme Cinema, Black Humour, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die), Dysfunctional Families
Country: Austria, France
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoit Magimel
Duration: 130 Minutes
Rating: R18 - Contains violence,sexual violence and explicit sex scenes.
Subtitles: Yes
7.5/10
Location in store: Foreign (France)

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