The Piano

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Released 1993

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Director:
Jane Campion
Released:
1993
Rating:
R
The Piano is the acclaimed 1993 drama from celebrated writer-director Jane Campion (The Portrait of a Lady, In the Cut, Holy Smoke). Based in the mid-19th century, a mute woman, Ada (Holly Hunter) is the woman married to a man she has never met, Alisdair Stewart (Sam Neill), so she is leaving Scotland along with her young translating daughter Flora (Anna Paquin, aka, X-Men's Rogue) to New Zealand's South Island. But the one thing Ada does not want forgotten of all her possessions is her precious piano, the one instrument she can really express herself, and almost communicate with. But her nasty husband, who has no interest in it, sells it to his neighbor, illiterate George (Harvey Keitel). George promises that if Ada teaches and plays the piano for him at his home, he will eventually return it to her. But soon enough, after some despising from Ada, and some stroking, it turns into a real relationship (affair), that will be doomed when Flora and then Alisdair discover their love.moreless

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is one of those rare movies that is not just about a story, or some characters, but about a whole universe of feeling.

  • 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Prepare yourself for something very special...Here's a severely beautiful, mysterious movie that, as if by magic, liberates the romantic imagination. [16 Oct 1993]

  • 90

    Variety David Stratton

    The Piano confirms Campion as a major talent, an uncompromising filmmaker with a very personal and specific vision.

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