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French Cinematheque: TH PIANO TEACHER

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Co-presented by the Alliance Française of Greenwich

A film by Michael Haneke (AMOUR, CACHE), starring Isabelle Huppert

Winner – 2001 Cannes Film Festival
Grand Prize of the Jury | Best Actress | Best Actor

Post-film discussion moderated by Joe Meyers, CT Post


Carte Blanche: FREE | Members & AFG: $6 | Students/Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11 


ABOUT THE FILM: Based on Elfriede Jelinek's controversial 1983 novel, THE PIANO TEACHER tells the story of Erika (Huppert), a middle-aged classical piano instructor who is trapped between her rigid passion for music and her suffocating home life. After subtly tormenting her students at a Vienna conservatory and battling her domineering mother in an undeclared war at home, Erika seeks solitary release through nightly voyeuristic wanderings and self-inflicting masochistic experiments. Drawn to Erika's unrelenting perfectionism, Walter (Magimel), a vain and handsome young student, tragically mistakes her unraveling sanity for growing ardor. After an unspeakably cruel assault on another conservatory student, Erika and Walter's perverse courtship explodes in an encounter.


ABOUT JOE MEYERS: Joe Meyers writes about movies for the CT Post. The former editor of the Delmarva News, he spent two wonderful years in the late 1970s running the first art-house movie theater on the Delmarva Peninsula, where he learned many valuable lessons about the differences between commerce and art. A collection of Joe’s pieces about film stars of the past are published in a book titled “Whatever Happened to…

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