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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lady Emily
Sushila Sen
Leigh Lawson ...
Ronnie Blum
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Mr. Cordle
Lee Montague ...
Vincent Pick
Robert Rietty ...
Leo Milev
Tarek (as Greg Ellis)
Sam Howard ...
Jeremy Sinden ...
Mohammed Ashiq ...
Carol Gillies ...
Sousatzka's Mother


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.


Drama | Music


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14 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Madame Sousatzka, a Professora  »

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$3,548,238 (USA)

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Shirley MacLaine won a Golden Globe for Best Actress (Drama) for her performance, but failed to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award. As of 2004, this is the only time the Golden Globe Best Actress winner was not even nominated for the Oscar. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Human Duplicators (1992) See more »


Piano Concerto in A Minor
Written by Robert Schumann
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by William Boughton
Solo by Yonty Solomon
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AAA+++ for the acting of McLaine and also the mother of the boy and the boy himself too, and everyone else in this movie .
8 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie was wonderfully written, produced and directed. A+. Easily a 3 star movie, esp if you are one of the many music persons who also play an instrument. However, I was a bit bewildered about the contribution of Twiggy and the boy's kissing her. MacLaine was outstanding!!

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