The Piano Teacher Movie Review Summary

Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benot Magimel

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Based on the Elfriede Jelinek novel, THE PIANO TEACHER (La Pianiste) is a movie written and directed by the German director Michael Haneke in 2001. This movie and Isabelle Huppert, for her performance, earned numerous awards (Cannes Film festival, French Academy awards and European Film awards).
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Erika Kohut teaches piano at the prestigious Vienna Conservatoire. She still lives with her hyper-protective mother although she's more than 40 years old now. Erika is a respected and strict professor but she uses to secretly patronize the sex shops at the end of the day and watch porn movies. Her late arrivals home cause then violent quarrels with her mother.

One night, she meets the young Walter Klemmer during a piano recital. Walter is handsome, attractive and a talented piano player. He falls for the veteran teacher and tries in vain to enrol in Erika's class. Erika has also fallen in love with him but is unable to show her feelings in a normal way. She kindles Walter but rejects him when things get more serious. Now she has just given the young man a letter exposing the sexual fantasies, seen in porn movies, she would like to do with him.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Family, struggling with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Mother Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   really kinky sex!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   German


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Austria City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   use of artificial tools    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing full frontal--men Is this movie based on a    -   book

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