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Madame Sousatzka (1988)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music  |  14 October 1988 (USA)
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Renowned Russian piano teacher Irina Sousatzka gets a new student - Bengali piano prodigy Manek. They are both immigrants in the UK and bond quickly. When Manek's single mother's business fails, he must make a career decision.

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Madame Yuvline Sousatzka
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Lady Emily
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Jenny
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Sushila Sen
Leigh Lawson ...
Ronnie Blum
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Mr. Cordle
Lee Montague ...
Vincent Pick
Robert Rietty ...
Leo Milev
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Manek Sen
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Tarek
Sam Howard ...
Edward
Jeremy Sinden ...
Woodford
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Lefranc
Mohammed Ashiq ...
Sunil
Carol Gillies ...
Sousatzka's Mother
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Bengali Sushila Sen and her son, Manek, relocate from India to London after Sushila's relationship with her husband fails. Sushila struggles with everyday living. A child piano prodigy, Manek's schoolteacher refers him to a piano teacher, Irina Sousatzka, a Russian immigrant renowned for her teaching skills. Irina forms a strong bond with Manek, not only teaching him piano but also valuable life lessons. Disagreements arise, as Manek does not want anyone to run his life for him, but nevertheless the training progresses. Sushila, a baker and seller of Indian cuisine, loses an important client after her hair is found in one of her baked goods. To help his mother, Manek feels pressure to use his piano skills to earn some money. This is against Irina's wishes, however, as she is trying to protect Manek from her own negative experiences as a young concert pianist. She believes no student should perform until they are ready. But Manek, encouraged by a pushy music agent, decides to perform ... Written by Laura

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I teach not only how to play, but how to live.

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14 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Madame Sousatzka, a Professora  »

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16 May 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

To me this movie was excellent. It showed how much work you must go through to be the best and also inspired me to keep practicing the piano. I think any aspiring musician should watch this movie.The main character was very dedicated and it was a bit cheezy during parts. I think that the girl he fell for should have been younger, such as another girl taking piano. I was a little confused about the moving old woman and why she had to move. i think it was nice hearing all those old classics, because i enjoy classical music very much. It shows very much artistry and it is now one of my favourite movies. It helps motivate me. I love it.


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