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La pianiste (The Piano Teacher)

Posted by martinteller on April 15, 2009

Watching this, it occurred to me that very few of my favorite films are about sex, or even have much sex in them.  I wouldn’t say I’m a prude, but the way I feel about other people’s sex lives is the same way I feel about other people’s dreams.  They’re fascinating to the person, who can’t wait to share them with you, but I find them boring.  But, it’s not quite fair to call this a movie about sex.  It’s more about psychology, like most of Haneke’s films.  The interesting part is not that Erika is sexually repressed and has a domineering mother, thus she desires kinky S&M.  The interesting part is what happens when she gets what she wants.  So I wasn’t that into the first 3/4 of the film, but the ending redeemed it somewhat.  And Huppert’s performance is quite good.  Rating: 7


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