Madame Sousatzka Poster

Release Date: 1988

PG-13|2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary
In London, eccentric piano instructor Madame Sousatzka (Shirley MacLaine) takes on a new prize protégé, Manek (Navin Chowdhry), a teenage Bengali immigrant who displays incredible talent. Manek forms a close bond with his teacher, but soon discovers that she expects her pupils to become disciplined in all areas of life, and not just behind the piano. As he struggles to meet the challenges, Manek must also deal with his mother (Shabana Azmi), who vies with his teacher for his attentions.

Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Navin Chowdhry, Peggy Ashcroft, Twiggy , Shabana Azmi, Leigh Lawson, Geoffrey Bayldon, Lee Montague

Director: John Schlesinger

Genres: Drama

Keywords: Family, Mother, Heartwarming, 1980s, Underdog, Rise, London, Growing up, Cheeky, Inspiring


Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture