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Aro Recommended Piano Teacher, The

 

France / Austria 2001, 130 minutes
Dir. Michael Haneke
In French with English subtitles
Rating: [R18]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama / Sex, Classical Music

Topics: Fetish.

 

Aroview: Isabelle Huppert gives the bravest and possibly best performance of her career as a brittle, imbalanced music teacher in a drama that might prove too distressing for some, and yet satisfying for those with the emotional and moral reserve.

Driven to crippling self-destruction when she enters into a passionate relationship with a talented young student, her particular psychosis is never really defined or explained, but is to the credit of the actress’ dedication that she remains such a rigidly compelling character. Directed with equally austere precision by the ever-controversial Michael Haneke, his is a wincingly severe recital cloaked in seductive European elegance.

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • extra stuff
  • trailers
  • aspect ratio: 1.85:1
 

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