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The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste)

Rating:R (for aberrant sexuality including violence, and for language)
Release Date:March 29, 2002
Running time:121 minutes
Cast:Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Magimel, Annie Girardot, Anna Sigalevitch, Susanne Lothar
Director:Michael Haneke
Producer:Yvon Crenn, Christine Gozlan, Michael Katz
Writer:Michael Haneke
Distributor:MK2 Diffusion

Description: Erika Kohut is a piano teacher at the Vienna Conservatory prestigious music school in Vienna. In her early forties and single, she lives with her overprotective and controlling mother in a hermetically sealed world of love-hate and dependency, where there is no room for men. Her sex life consists of voyeurism and masochistic self-injury. Lonely and alienated, Erika finds solace by visiting sex shops and experimenting with masochism. Ata a recital, she befriends Walter, a handsome young man, whom she seduces and with whom she begins an illicit affair. As Erika slowly drifts closer to the brink of emotional disorder, she uses the love-stricken Walter to explore her darkest sado-masochistic fantasies, which eventually lead to her undoing.

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