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The Piano Teacher

La pianiste

Directed by Michael Haneke
Austria, France, 2001
  • French, Italian
  • English, Italian


In this adaptation of the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Elfriede Jelinek, which nabbed multiple awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Isabelle Huppert plays a brilliant but sexually repressed piano instructor whose world is shattered by the sadomasochistic advances of one of her students.

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The great Isabelle Huppert is the intensely smoldering center of this gripping drama of lust and obsession, which won Best Actress, Best Actor, and the Grand Prix at Cannes. One of the most popular films from acclaimed filmmaker Michael Haneke.

The Piano Teacher Directed by Michael Haneke

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