A great and touching romance that is gorgeous to look at and features fine actors at the top of their game. It truly is a masterpiece of world cinema and Jane Campion clearly is an immensely gifted filmmaker.
This film succeeds largely as a directorial piece. The shots are extremely well composed and the overall production is phenomenal. Yet, I couldn't help but feel the script could have been a tad stronger. Still, a really well made film!
A modern masterpiece. From costumes, to soundtrack (legendary Michael Nyman), to cinematography, writing and acting... everything was staggering beautiful and carefully constructed. It reminded me a bit of Malick's "Days of Heaven". Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin were both so amazing.
This film has some really big contradictions in its story, which culminate in the ending where Ada finally decides to drown herself with her piano (symbol of her own power)but then decides that she wants to be with the guy with whom she had a strictly physical relation and let go of the piano! It just really feels like the reverse conclusion, showing that this woman reaches redemption by marrying her sexual predator!
The female gaze drags itself through the mud and hungrily, furiously, at the desperate beat of the piano, seeks for pleasure (which happens to manifest in the shape of Harvey Keitel's naked body and tattooed face, but it's still surprisingly sexy).