Under the Piano (1996 TV Movie)
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Their mother Regina (Teresa Stratas) a promising opera singer ignores Rosetta's musical talent as she believes it lacks passion and something learnt by rote.
Franny fights with her mother over the upbringing of Rosetta. Of course in the 1930s when the children were little and during the course of the 1950s, autism was regarded very differently and the doctors wish to lobotomise her when she ends up in hospital over an attempted suicide.
The film has a good period setting, some nice acting and production design. The script is a let down. Its almost its by default designed to manipulate your emotions but has no substance. The film suffers that since Rain Man in 1989 there had been a glut of films dealing with autism and when this arrived seven years later there was little of note in the issues raised or in the acting stakes.
I was blown away by the relationship between the sisters. Its terribly sad that this poor girl was lumbered with a mother who was poorly equipped to cope but thank goodness, she had a sister like Amanda Plummer.
I think the closing scenes of this film will stay with me forever. Brilliant performances....I'm gonna try and source the book.