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The Piano Teacher

In her early forties and single, Erika lives with her overprotective and controlling mother in a hermetically sealed world of love-hate and dependency, where there is no room for men. Her sex life consists of voyeurism and masochistic self-injury. Lonely and alienated, Erika finds solace by visiting sex shops and experimenting with masochism. At a recital, she befriends Walter, a handsome young man, whom she seduces and with whom she begins an illicit affair.
Keywords:  #Annie Girardot #Benoît Magimel #Isabelle Huppert #Michael Haneke #The Piano Teacher
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Miami Herald
August 30, 2002
A gripping psychological thriller that, while lacking the power of Funny Games, is still the work of a master.
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Reno Gazette-Journal
January 30, 2003
It's a harrowing, difficult film that's only for the most adventurous art-house movie fans.
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[Huppert gives] the single finest performance I have ever seen her give, and therefore almost by default one of the best of the decade.
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Orlando Sentinel
September 19, 2002
It is depressing, ruthlessly pained and depraved, the movie equivalent of staring into an open wound.
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February 13, 2003
If genital mutilation, rape, incest and twisted acts of sexual gratification are your thing, then this is the film for you. Any takers?
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Seattle Times
June 21, 2002
Is like The Graduate remade by David Lynch; it's no picnic to watch, but you can't look away.
Oregon Herald
August 13, 2004
A revolting and shocking work devoid of redemption and purpose.
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Detroit Free Press
August 16, 2002
It is as unlikely that you have ever seen another movie like The Piano Teacher as it is that you will ever want to see another one.
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
A striking, brilliant film with extraordinary performances -- and Huppert's acting is heartrending.
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November 20, 2002
[Isabelle Huppert] outdoes herself.
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