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Finally, getting around to watching La Pianiste a.k.a The Piano Teacher.
Directed by Michael Haneke, this French movie (with English subtitles) was nominated for a bunch of awards.
Released in 2001, the 125-minute film features Isabelle Huppert as the piano teacher and Benoit Magimel as her student.
The movie is based on Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek’s novel.
We’ll update this post after we finish watching the movie.
The Piano Teacher is a different kind of movie.
While Erika is shown to be a masochistic personality, she’s also cold-bloodedly sadistic, a fact demonstrated by what she does to one of her students.
To describe Isabelle Huppert as an accomplished actress would be a gross understatement. This was most definitely a challenging role but Isabelle rose splendidly to the occasion.
So we were not in the least bit surprised to learn (after watching the movie) that she had won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001 for her role in The Piano Teacher.
At the same festival, Isabelle’s co-star Benoit Magimel picked up the Best Actor award.
As her student, who is initially attracted but later repulsed but then does what she demands of him, Magimel was a joy to behold. As was Annie Girardot, who plays Isabelle’s mother.
A word of caution though. With sexually explicit scenes, this is not a movie that you can watch with young children.
The rather abrupt ending left us a bit befuddled.
But then perfect endings are rare in life.
If you live in the U.S., you can rent The Piano Teacher from Netflix.
By the way, we’ve taken to listening to Schubert on YouTube after watching this movie.