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The Piano Teacher

Street Date:
September 26th, 2017
Movie Release Year:
2001
Studio:
Criterion
Length:
130 Minutes
Release Country
United States
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Genres:

Drama, Music, Romance

Starring:

Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, BenoƮt Magimel

Director:

Michael Haneke

Plot Synopsis:

Academy Award–winning Austrian director Michael Haneke shifted his focus from the social to the psychological for this riveting study of female sexuality and the dynamics of control, an adaptation of a controversial 1983 novel by Elfriede Jelinek. Haneke finds his match in Isabelle Huppert, who delivers an icy but quietly seething performance as Erika, a middle-aged piano professor at a Viennese conservatory who lives with her mother, in a claustrophobically codependent relationship. Severely repressed, she satisfies her masochistic urges only voyeuristically until she meets Walter (Benoît Magimel), a young student whose desire for Erika leads to a destructive infatuation that upsets the careful equilibrium of her life. A critical breakthrough for Haneke, The Piano Teacher—which won the Grand Prix as well as dual acting awards for its stars at Cannes—is a formalist masterwork that remains a shocking sensation.

Technical Specs

  • Blu-ray

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/AVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.85:1

Audio Formats

  • French DTS-HD MA 5.1

Subtitles/Captions

  • English

Supplements

  • New interview with Haneke
  • New interview with actor Isabelle Huppert
  • Selected-scene commentary from 2002 featuring Huppert
  • Behind-the-scenes footage of a postsync session for the film featuring Haneke and Huppert
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Moira Weigel