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The Piano Tuner of EarthQuakes (2005)

The PianoTuner of EarthQuakes (original title)
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Dark fairy-tale about a demonic doctor who abducts a beautiful opera singer with designs on transforming her into a mechanical nightingale.


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Complete credited cast:
Malvina van Stille
Dr. Emmanuel Droz
César Sarachu ...
Adolfo Blin / Don Felisberto Fernandez (as Cesar Sarachu)
Ljubisa Gruicic ...
Holz (gardener) (as Ljubisa Lupo-Grujcic)
Marc Bischoff ...
Marc (gardener)
Henning Peker ...
Henning (gardener)
Gilles Gavois ...
Echeverria (gardener)
Volker (gardener) (as Volker Zack)
Thomas (gardener)
Regine Zimmermann ...
Emil Petrov ...


Felisberto Fernandez is a piano tuner of exceptional skill, hired by Dr. Emmanuel Droz to come to a remote clinic to clean and refurbish Droz's seven automatons, elaborate mechanical constructs. Droz wants the work done quickly, in time for an opera he's staging for himself. Fernandez's attentions are captured by two women at the clinic, Assumpta, the clinic's manager, and Malvina van Stille, a patient who is also a superb singer. Fernandez works on the machines and is drawn to the women while Droz may be manipulating more than the automatons. Do emotions and choice play any part, or it is all opera? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

17 February 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Der Klavierstimmer der Erdbeben  »

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Opening Weekend:

$944 (USA) (17 November 2006)


$28,605 (USA) (23 March 2007)

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A darkly surreal Adult Fairytale
18 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dark and textured. This is a adult parable/fairytale about Love & death steeped in victorian-age clockwork magic. The scenes rendered in almost antique "stop Action" animation has an eldritch/creepy feel to it that keeps the viewer on the edge of feeling like he was watching someone's beginning nightmare, or a fever dream on the verge of going very wrong.

For those of you who care-- Although the story never crosses the line: there is a light stream of dark eroticism running through this movie-- so ADULTS ONLY, folks! This movie is NOT FOR KIDS. Mind you, it is tastefully done, whatever your morals.

The storyline is. . .obscure yet evocative. It echoes of something I can't quite pin down I won't repeat what others have said except for the Main Reason for the entire Adventure. An Beautiful Opera Singer dies, and is brought to the weird clockwork isle of Dr. Droz to be magically revived as part of his clockwork art/machines.

This isn't a Storyline or a Plot, really, it's a description of what you start with. What the STORY in this movie is ACTUALLY about is still hard to wrap my mind around-- except that it's deeply woven in the characters and the soft, twisty, multi-meaningful dialogue about Desire and Death.

Having said that, I never once hit the FF button, and I PAUSED the DVD when I had to leave for a moment.

This movie is more aptly a literary event for the eyes and the mind. Best viewed with the lights and cellphones OFF. Gag the Girlfriend for good measure while you're at it. I don't expect her to pass this test.

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