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It is the mid-nineteenth century. Ada is a mute who has a young daughter, Flora. In an arranged marriage she leaves her native Scotland accompanied by her daughter and her beloved piano. Life in the rugged forests of New Zealand's North Island is not all she may have imagined and nor is her relationship with her new husband Stewart. She suffers torment and loss when Stewart sells her piano to a neighbour, George. Ada learns from George that she may earn back her piano by giving him piano lessons, but only with certain other conditions attached. At first Ada despises George but slowly their relationship is transformed and this propels them into a dire situation. Written by
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Jane Campion became the first woman to win the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival with this film, though she was unable to receive the award in person as she was due to give birth. See more »
When the boat leaves the island, Ada trails her hand in the water, which is still and calm. On long shots, it is foaming from the action of the oars, and the boat on the water. See more »
The voice you hear is not my speaking voice - -but my mind's voice. I have not spoken since I was six years old. No one knows why - -not even me. My father says it is a dark talent, and the day I take it into my head to stop breathing will be my last. Today he married me to a man I have not yet met. Soon my daughter and I shall join him in his own country. My husband writes that my muteness does not bother him - and hark this! He says, "God loves dumb creatures, so why not I?" '...
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I'm not a blockbuster kind of viewer, I spend a fair amount of time in art cinemas watching stuff that your average Hollywood lover would find unfathomable. Having said that, I've just got to say that this was one of the worst films I've ever seen. A waste of 3 fine actors (Hunter, keitel, Neill), a waste of some beautiful locations, and an object lesson in how not to end a film. The child actress was quite obviously out of her depth (an Oscar? Why?), the Nyman theme was done to death, and the story sagged and bagged and fell apart from start to finish. The Sign Language (which I speak fluently) was all over the place (before you say "yeah but this was 100 years ago", I've studied the history of Sign language too and belive me, it was a mess). I've never been so disappointed in my life!
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