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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste) by Michael Haneke, 2002 (R)

with Isabelle Huppert (White Material, Amour, Ma Mere), Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel (Little White Lies), Susanne Lothar, Udo Samel, Anna Sigalevitch, Cornelia Kondgen
From the director of Amour and The White Ribbon (Das weiße Band)

Isabelle Huppert stars as Erika, an emotionally repressed piano teacher still tied to her obsessive mother (Annie Girardot) and fast approaching spinsterhood, who sees an attractive student (Benoît Magimel) as a potential player in her dark sexual fantasies. Huppert is fascinating to watch in writer-director Michael Haneke's disturbing character study based on the novel by Nobel Literature Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek.

Isabelle Huppert is always very convincing, in any role, but mostly on a certain madness, and this time, she is right on. And Benoit Magimel is the perfect mirror to her madness, and shows her ridicule, along the way. It's a very complex movie about relationship, making you feel so uncomfortable to an ending that almost makes you laugh. I don't think I would watch it again, but it was truly well done.

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