The Piano Teacher

Synopsis: Erika Kohut is a pianist, teaching music. Schubert and Schumann are her forte, but she's not quite at concert level. She's approaching middle age, living with her mother who is domineering then submissive; Erika is a victim then combative. With her students she is severe. She visits a sex shop to watch DVDs; she walks a drive-in theater to stare at couples having sex. Walter is a self-assured student with some musical talent; he auditions for her class and is forthright in his attraction to her. She responds coldly then demands he let her lead. Next she changes the game with a letter, inviting him into her fantasies. How will he respond; how does sex have power over our other faculties?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Michael Haneke
Production: MK2 Diffusion
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 17 wins & 21 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.5
Metacritic:
79
Rotten Tomatoes:
73%
R
Year:
2001
131 min
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Hello, Auntie.

And your mother. Good evening.

You've met my nephew?

I was about to introduce myself.

My name's Walter Klemmer.

At the risk of seeming prosaic,

after sampling spiritual

nourishment of such quality,

I've organised,

for the interval, a buffet

to sustain the artists

and, I hope,

for your pleasure, too.

Through here.

My husband's very particular...

Excuse me, Auntie.

Sorry to interrupt but I can't wait.

I hope it's not too forward of me

to kiss the hand

that plays such Bach.

You can stop now.

Where do you get

such unfashionable enthusiasm?

I'm delighted

the tradition of recitals lives on.

It was practically extinct.

The masters die, then their music.

People today

only ever listen to pop or rock.

You're right.

Families like this are no more.

Generations of laryngologists

toiled over Beethoven's

last quartets.

Now, at best, academics

stamp their feet in time

to the trumpety-trumps

of Bruckner.

Disdaining Bruckner is immature,

Mr... Klemmer?

Tell me, what enables you

to talk about music so precociously?

Your Aunt said you studied...

Low voltage, professor.

Low voltage.

It was made between 1620 and 1630

by Marcel Pichler.

From Hallein. A rare piece.

It is played

like a cello.

Its common name is

leg viol or quinton.

Recently, I found a painting

that exactly shows this instrument.

Not this type of instrument. I mean,

specifically this instrument.

The painting depicts

a concert of viole da gamba

at the court of Duke Augustus

von Braunschweig-Wolfenbttel.

- Can I fetch you something?

- Not at all. Why?

It's fascinating.

Look at them.

Do they give a fig

about the benefits of illness?

Have you read Adorno

on Schumann's Fantasia in C Major?

He talks of his twilight.

It's not Schumann bereft of reason,

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Michael Haneke

Michael Haneke is an Austrian film director and screenwriter best known for films such as Funny Games, Caché, The White Ribbon and Amour. more…

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