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The Piano Teacher (2001)
"La pianiste" (original title)

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A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.

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Dr. George Blonskij
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Anna Schober
Cornelia Köndgen ...
Mme Gerda Blonskij
Thomas Weinhappel ...
Baritone
Georg Friedrich ...
Man in drive-in
Philipp Heiss ...
Naprawnik
William Mang ...
Teacher
Rudolf Melichar ...
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Michael Schottenberg ...
Teacher
Gabriele Schuchter ...
Margot
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Singing teacher
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Storyline

Erika Kohut is a pianist, teaching music. Schubert and Schumann are her forte, but she's not quite at concert level. She's approaching middle age, living with her mother who is domineering then submissive; Erika is a victim then combative. With her students she is severe. She visits a sex shop to watch DVDs; she walks a drive-in theater to stare at couples having sex. Walter is a self-assured student with some musical talent; he auditions for her class and is forthright in his attraction to her. She responds coldly then demands he let her lead. Next she changes the game with a letter, inviting him into her fantasies. How will he respond; how does sex have power over our other faculties? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for aberrant sexuality including violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 September 2001 (France)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,671 (USA) (29 March 2002)

Gross:

$1,900,282 (USA) (8 November 2002)
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Trivia

Isabelle Huppert really played the piano in the film. She had studied piano for 12 years. As preparation for her role as a piano teacher, she resumed practicing a year before the film was started. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Mother: Good evening, child.
Erika Kohut: Evening, mama.
The Mother: [sarcastically] Home already? I'm so happy.
Erika Kohut: I'm going.
The Mother: Not so fast.
Erika Kohut: Please. Leave me be. I'm tired.
The Mother: I can quite believe it. Your last pupil left 3 hours ago. Might I know where you've been all this time?
Erika Kohut: [trying to go to her room] Please.
The Mother: No, you don't. Not until you tell me.
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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Trio in E flat, D.929
Franz Schubert
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one for the mentally sick
3 August 2003 | by (bahamas) – See all my reviews

Interesting to read the pretentious claptrap from reviewers who praise this hogwash. One watches this odious depiction of a frigid, perverse (or would perverted be more apt?) piano instructor with an utterly repellent personality engaging in the sickest activities. How low can a director sink when he chooses to commit something as vile as this to film? Watching a bowel movement swirl around a toilet bowl would be more entertaining than this. When people speak about the loss of magic in cinema they certainly have no conception of how great a depth some filmmakers will descend. A revolting movie that should never have seen the light of day.


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