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Release Date:
31 August 2001 (Finland) See more »
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Plot:
A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 21 wins & 17 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Compassionate Film About Twisted People See more (230 total) »

Cast

  (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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MPAA:
Rated R for aberrant sexuality including violence, and for language (cut)
Runtime:
131 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The part of Erika's mother was originally offered to Jeanne MoreauSee 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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Soundtrack:
Piano Sonata in A Major, D.959See more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A Compassionate Film About Twisted People, 18 January 2002
Author: ed.malcomson from N. Ireland

To be honest I had to go have a stiff drink after this film; I felt drained and my shoulders were knotted. I also had to talk the whole thing out with the friend I saw it with for a good half hour. Whatever else this movie is, it's not dull - you have to have respect for anything that produces such a visceral reaction, even if you couldn't claim to have 'enjoyed' the experience. (Anyone else I've talked to who's seen it has responded in much the same way.)

The reason the film is so powerful is not simply because it deals with unpalatable subject-matter like sado-masochism and violently dysfunctional relationships - that on its own would leave no defence against a charge of exploitation. It packs a punch because whatever her deeply ingrained character flaws, however reprehensible her behaviour (and at one point that's VERY), the piano teacher Erika always retains your sympathy - you never forget the type of influences which might have made her what she is, while scenes as subtle as the one where she walks down a street of shoppers, being casually bumped into without apology, remind you of her utter isolation. Isabelle Huppert's performance is as brilliant as it is uncomfortable and I can't even imagine how she might have wound down after a day's filming.

Appalling, compelling, horribly funny at times, but ultimately deeply despairing look at how people damage each other. View with caution.

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