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5,044 Ratings

The Piano

Directed by Jane Campion
New Zealand, Australia, 1993
Drama, Romance


The story of a mute piano players’s rebellion when sold into marriage to a local land-grabber in the recently colonized New Zealand wilderness of Victorian times.

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The Piano Directed by Jane Campion

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1993 | 2 wins including: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

1994 | 3 wins including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

1994 | 5 nominations including: Best Picture

Independent Spirit Awards

1994 | Winner: Best Foreign Film

Critics reviews

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.
September 20, 2017
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The metaphorical transformations of speech into music and music into sex — like the literal transformations of both sign language and Maori into English speech and subtitles — only clarify the extent to which this is really a film about discourse, including film language itself.
December 10, 1993
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For a while I could not think, let alone write, about The Piano without shaking. Precipitating a flood of feelings, The Piano demands as much a physical and emotional response as an intellectual one. . . . Like Ada’s piano music, which is described as “a mood that passes through you… a sound that creeps into you”, this is cinema that fills every sense.
October 01, 1993
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