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R| 1 hr. 58 min.

Plot Summary
Erika Kohut teaches piano at the Conservatory in Vienna. In her early forties, she lives at home, cooped up with her mother, whose influence Erika escapes only on her regular visits to porn cinemas and peepshows. Her sexuality is an affair of morbid voyeurism and masochistic self-mutilation. Erika and life travel separate paths. Until one day, one of her students gets it into his head to seduce her...

Cast: Isabelle Huppert , Annie Girardot , Benoît Magimel , Anna Sigalevitch , Susanne Lothar , Udo Samel ,

Director: Michael Haneke

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Kino Pictures, Artificial Eye, Alta Classics S.L. Unipersonal, MK2 Diffusion

The Piano Teacher (2001)

Release Date: March 29th, 2002|1 hr. 58 min.

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  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Watching Haneke's film is, aptly enough, a challenge and a punishment. But watching Huppert, a great actress tearing into a landmark role, is riveting. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Powerful and outrageous. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A squirmingly strange and brutal study of sexual power, masochism and mother-daughter madness. show more

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