Touch creates its own language. In The Piano (1993), Jane Campion's gorgeous, Gothic romance, it speaks multiple dialects... The Piano turns on the complexity of meanings associated with touch – desire, control, liberation, risk, power, pleasure, and violence... In particular, the economy of touch between Ada and Baines explores how sexual desire between women and men is a bargain in which power relations are repeatedly renegotiated over shifting ground.
Joanna Di Mattia
September 20, 2017