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The Pianist (1991)

Not Rated | | Romance | 31 January 1992 (Canada)
Jean and her sister, played by Macha Grenon, have a life long infatuation with the Japanese Pianist who once lived across the street from them during their high school years. The film is ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Gagnon

Writers:

Claude Gagnon, Ann Ireland (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gail Travers ... Jean
Macha Grenon ... Colette
Eiji Okuda Eiji Okuda ... Yoshi
Dorothée Berryman ... Samantha
Maury Chaykin ... Cody
Ralph Allison Ralph Allison ... Martin
Carl Alacchi ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andreas Apergis
Elaine Church Elaine Church ... Aunt Ruth
Ariane Cordeau Ariane Cordeau
John Fucile John Fucile
Howard Storey ... Uncle Charlie
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Jean and her sister, played by Macha Grenon, have a life long infatuation with the Japanese Pianist who once lived across the street from them during their high school years. The film is set during the family's reunion on Vancouver Island and flashes back and forth over the last 10 years. By coincidence, Yoshi who is now a world famous Pianist is giving a concert in Vancouver and Amy is anxious to see him again but her sister curiously is not at all interested. The girls explore old passions, stalking, sibling rivalry and wrong life choice based on the fantasies of their youth. When Amy discovers her sister over the years, had nearly 7 or 8 sexual encounters with Yoshi, she is devastated. Inspite of the fact that Amy had chosen a career path which relocated her to New York City in order to increase her chances of a possible relationship with the handsome, exotic and gifted former neighbour, she never did meet Yoshi so her passions for him continued to smolder right up to the time of ... Written by D. R. (Dale) Cooper <dalecooer@writeme.com>

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Romance

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Country:

Canada | Japan

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

31 January 1992 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

El pianista See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD4,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Amateurish in just about every aspect.
16 June 2001 | by rblumentSee all my reviews

What a huge disappointment this movie was. The story was one that was ripe with possibilities, but the ineptness of the direction and most of the acting, as well as the script, left the movie with a totally lackluster dullness. The story of two sisters both having a crush on a good-looking Japanese pianist was quite enticing. Unfortunately, the script was trite and narratively all over the place, the acting was extremely self-conscious, the technical qualities of the film were very low, especially the sound (this may have been the fault of the particular video that we watched), and the movie lacked a clear focus and direction. On top of all that, there was a narrator who spoke as if he were narrating a Calvin Klein commercial.

There were a couple of good points. The acting of the Macha Grenon, who played the sister Colette, and that of Maury Chaykin was pretty good. I'd love to see Macha Grenon in a movie with a better script. Also, there was one scene where the Japanese student, Yoshi, was in bed with both of the sisters. This scene was quite effective--it was quite sensual and rather tender. Otherwise, the film was flat, and reminded be often times of the quality of the 1960's B horror films. Leonard Pince Darnell would have had a field day.


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