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.
4 stars (Very Good) Wow, not for the faint-hearted. Erika explores her obviously repressed & extreme sexuality. Her relationship with her mother is volatile & could explain some of her behaviour. Not an easy watch but well worth it if you're able to psychologically handle i~GenXGirl
4 stars (Very Good) Sexual vs. romantic love - as felt by Erika. Overall structure masterful, but left me wanting a Pt.2 where the effects are explored on her life, self-regard and music. Needs editing. Austria is in fact awash with porn. No psychoses are involved here.~Sandy