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Big screen classics

The Piano Teacher

+ intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

La pianiste

A repressed music professor embarks on an affair that may be her undoing.

Image from The Piano Teacher + intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

Austria-France-Germany 2001
Dir Michael Haneke
With Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Magimel, Annie Girardot
131min
35mm
English subtitles
Certificate 18

Haneke’s magisterial adaptation of Elfriede Jelinek’s novel centres on a music professor (Huppert, extraordinarily good) so oppressed by her tyrannical mother that her only sexual and emotional kicks come from watching porn. But when a student (Magimel) makes clear his interest in her, a painful relationship develops... Cool yet unsettling, rigorously non-judgemental yet profoundly compassionate, this is filmmaking of the highest order.


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