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31 August 2001 (Finland) See more »
A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 21 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Isabelle Huppert ... Erika Kohut

Annie Girardot ... The Mother

Benoît Magimel ... Walter Klemmer

Susanne Lothar ... Mrs. Schober
Udo Samel ... Dr. George Blonskij
Anna Sigalevitch ... Anna Schober
Cornelia Köndgen ... Mme Gerda Blonskij
Thomas Weinhappel ... Baritone
Georg Friedrich ... Man in drive-in
Philipp Heiss ... Naprawnik
William Mang ... Teacher
Rudolf Melichar ... Director
Michael Schottenberg ... Teacher
Gabriele Schuchter ... Margot

Dieter Berner ... Singing teacher
Volker Waldegg ... Teacher
Martina Resetarits ... Teacher
Annemarie Schleinzer ... Teacher
Karoline Zeisler ... Teacher
Liliana Nelska ... Secretary
Luz Leskowitz ... Violinist
Viktor Teuflmayr ... Pianist
Viviane Bartsch ... Woman in drive-in (as Vivian Bartsch)
Florian Koban ... Pupil
Thomas Auner ... Haydn pianist
Andreas Donat ... Chopin Pianist
Gerti Drassl
Klaus Händl
Erika Kollmann-Till (as Erika Kollmann)
Nina Kripas
Esther Pils
Petra Reichel
Arbesi Sufi
Marcus Zeuner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hans-Christian Haas ... Man Listening to Concert (uncredited)
Noam Morgensztern ... The first pupil (voice) (uncredited)

Lisa Olah ... Sex shop girl (uncredited)

Vitus Wieser ... Klemmer's Friend (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Haneke 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Haneke 
Elfriede Jelinek  novel

Produced by
Yvon Crenn .... executive producer
Christine Gozlan .... executive producer
Veit Heiduschka .... producer
Michael Katz .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Christian Berger 
Film Editing by
Nadine Muse 
Monika Willi 
Casting by
Kris Portier de Bellair 
Markus Schleinzer 
Production Design by
Christoph Kanter 
Set Decoration by
Hans Wagner 
Costume Design by
Annette Beaufays 
Makeup Department
Françoise Andrejka .... makeup artist
Fabienne Bressan .... hair stylist
Ellen Just .... makeup artist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... key makeup artist
Michaela Payer .... special makeup effects artist (as Michaela Oppl)
Waldemar Pokromski .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Roman Haschberger .... unit production manager
Michael Katz .... production manager
Nathalie Kreuther .... executive in charge of production
Gebhard Zupan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katharina Biró .... assistant director
Fritz Noltmann .... assistant director
Hanus Polak Jr. .... first assistant director
Art Department
Gerhard Dohr .... construction crew
Peter Dörflinger .... construction crew
Peter Ecker .... props
Katrin Huber .... property master
Fritz Martan .... construction coordinator
Hannes Salat .... props
Peter Wenhardt .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Pascal Dedeye .... assistant foley artist
Othmar Eichinger .... sound playback operator
Dominique Eyraud .... boom operator
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound mixer
Nadine Muse .... sound editor
Guillaume Sciama .... sound
Special Effects by
László Kovács .... special effects coordinator
Hans Wagner .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Geoffrey Kleindorfer .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Rainer Barta .... electrician
Stefan Biebl .... Steadicam operator (as Stefan Bibl)
Petro Domenigg .... still photographer
Peter Drittenpreis .... assistant Steadicam operator
Katharina Frank .... second assistant camera
Gerald Helf .... first assistant camera
Regina Höllbacher .... second assistant camera
Bernhard Pötscher .... first assistant camera
Harald Staudach .... assistant Steadicam operator
Reinhard Vince .... electrician
Wolfgang Vince .... gaffer
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
Oliver Schneider .... remote head operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Carmen Loley .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brigitte Fink .... costumer
Editorial Department
Yannick Coutheron .... assistant editor
Alarich Lenz .... assistant editor
Monica Parisini .... assistant editor
Franz Rabl .... color timer
Gabriele Sikuta .... negative cutter
Transportation Department
Thomas Messer .... property driver
Other crew
Roman Haschberger .... location manager
Eva Jürgens .... production trainee
Andreas Kispert .... set manager
Ulrike Lässer .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La pianiste" - Austria (original title)
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Rated R for aberrant sexuality including violence, and for language (cut)
131 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
[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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Movie Connections:
References Frequency (2000)See more »
Piano Trio in E flat, D.929See more »


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36 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
A Compelling Shoker, 23 May 2009
Author: claudiaeilcinema from Italy

Isabelle Huppert must be one of the greatest actresses of her or any other generation. "La Pianiste" truly confirms it. As if that wasn't enough, Annie Girardot plays her mother and Annie Girardot is one of the greatest actresses of her or any other generation. So, as you may well imagine, those pieces of casting are worth the horror we're put through. Isabelle and Annie play characters we've never seen before on the screen. A mother and daughter yes but with such virulent fearlessness that sometimes I was unable even to blink or to breath. Personally, I don't believe in the director's intentions, I don't believe they (the intentions that is) go beyond the shocking anecdote and the ending made me scream with frustration but I was riveted by the story written in the face of the sensational Huppert and the fierceness of Girardot's strength. I highly recommend it to cinema lovers anywhere and to the collectors of great performances like me, you can't afford to miss "La Pianiste"

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