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31 August 2001 (Finland) See more »
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A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 20 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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If you think the movie is shocking, wait till you read the book!! See more (228 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
Liliane Neiska ... 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
Marcus Zeuner
Arbesi Sufi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hans-Christian Haas ... Man Listening to Concert
Noam Morgensztern ... The first pupil (voice)

Lisa Olah ... Sex shop girl (as Lisa Wölzl)

Vitus Wieser ... Klemmer's Friend (uncredited)
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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 Oppl .... special makeup effects artist
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
 
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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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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199 out of 247 people found the following review useful.
If you think the movie is shocking, wait till you read the book!!, 2 November 2003
Author: debblyst from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

If you think piano teacher Erika Kohut (Isabelle Huppert) in Michael Haneke's film "LA PIANISTE" is the ultimate degree in the personification of derangement, perversion and darkness, I've got news for you: the piano teacher in Elfriede Jellinek's novel "LA PIANISTE" (on which the film was based) is twice as "repulsive", "disgusting", "deranged" and even more fascinating -- though there can't be words enough to translate the level of artistic proficiency that Isabelle Huppert has reached here, above all other mortal actresses in activity today. And who else could have played this character with such emotional power, complete with the best piano playing/dubbing an actor could deliver?

In the novel as in the film, there are two big antagonists to the "heroine" Kohut: her own mother (wonderful, wreck-voiced Annie Girardot, in a part originally intended for Jeanne Moreau) and Austria itself. The mother personifies Jellinek's perception of her native Austria as a country that deceptively and perversely encourages racist/fascist (or at least authoritarian) behavior, sexual and emotional repression, and, let's say, übermensch ideals which are impossible to keep today without the danger of a mental breakdown.

"La Pianiste" also deals with a very powerful and delicate issue: how dangerous it is to reveal your innermost fantasies to the one (you think) you love. We tend to think our own sexual fantasies must be as exciting to others as they are to ourselves, which may turn out to be a huge, embarrassing and sometimes tragic mistake. Here, Kohut learns (?) the lesson in the most painful and humiliating of ways.

It must be mentioned that Elfriede Jellinek is one of the best-known and praised authors in Austria and Europe (well, now she's got a Nobel Prize!) and that autobiographical passages can be inferred in her novel, as she herself was a pianist and had a reportedly difficult relationship with her mother. The novel also includes long passages about Kohut's childhood and adolescence so you kind of understand how she turned into who she is now. Haneke chose to hide this information in the film, forcing us to wonder how she got to be that way (don't we all know a Erika Kohut out there?). But he very much preserves the fabric of the book in his film: unbearable honesty, to the point where most secretive, "horrendous" feelings painfully emerge -- envy, cruelty, violence, jealousy, hate, misery, sadism, masochism, selfishness, perversion etc. All of them unmistakably human.

I thought "La Pianiste" was a deeply moving film, very disturbing and thought-provoking, with a handful of unforgettable scenes, and that's just all I ask of movies. It also made me buy and be thrilled by the book, discover a fantastic author I hadn't read before, and listen again and again to Schubert - so, my thanks to Haneke, Jellinek and Isabelle!!! On the other hand, if you're looking for light entertainment, please stay away. My vote: 9 out of 10

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