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A pianist with stage fright endures a performance under enemy eyes, who will shoot if a wrong note is played.

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Reisinger
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A & V Interviewer
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Janitor
Jack Taylor ...
Patrick Godureaux
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Emma's Publicist
Amy Gwilliam ...
Emma's Assistant
Harris Gordon ...
Emma's Agent
Ricardo Alexander ...
Executive (as Richard A. Newby)
Brendan Murphy ...
Mover #1
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A pianist with stage fright endures a performance under enemy eyes, who will shoot if a wrong note is played.

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25 October 2013 (Spain)  »

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$2,964 (USA) (7 March 2014)

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$22,353 (USA) (11 April 2014)
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The closing credit roll takes up 12 minutes of the 90-minute film. See more »

Quotes

Clem: [via earpiece] You think you can bargain with me? You're not in control, Tom. The audience is control. And right now, I'm your audience.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credit roll we hear The Impossible Piece being played while the title shows. See more »

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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Ten Happy Fingers
Written by Dr. Seuss (as Theodore Geisel) and Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
from The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953) (uncredited)
Used by permission of Shapiro Bernstein Spain Mood Music Division
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Industries,Inc.
Under license from Sony Pictures Music group
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Intense And Experimental Film
27 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Elijah Wood has been doing some interesting films recently. I would say there are 3 that seem to share a similar experimental feeling, two of which I have seen. That would be Maniac, Open Windows, and Grand Piano. Watch the trailers to these films and you will see why I think they share the same style.

Grand Piano is quite similar to the movie Phonebooth. Both share the idea of a person being watched by a sniper and forced to stay in one area. I think the idea works pretty well for this film. It builds the tension and the stakes feel high.

As mentioned before, this film has a slightly experimental feeling. There are unique uses of lighting that are pretty interesting, and also some experimental CGI use. For example, there's a shot where we see somebody grabbing a piece of broken mirror in a POV style shot, and they CGI the persons reflection in the glass, which really reminds me of "Maniac" where we see Elijah Woods reflection in different things.

I would say the best part of this film is really the final musical piece until the end, because that's when things really come to a head. The beginning has little bits of dark comedy thrown in, mostly in the form of a couple that is friends with Elijah Wood's character and his wife, which I felt didn't work. It should have all been kept dramatic and serious.

If you're looking for an interesting and unique thriller/mystery film, check this one out. It also includes Elijah Woods piano playing skills which are pretty impressive and i'm sure would be interesting for piano players to watch.


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