An implosion of the feminine drowning in umbral patriarchy. Power is found in coldness and harshness, but existence at a remove makes the real all the more tantalising. Yet to engage is to lose that agency to another. We narrativise our voyeurism and project insecurities, while dealing with the pain from our determinations. A precise, bold and coldly beautiful rumination that gives full-body chills.
TPT offers plenty of glimpses into Huppert's character but doesn't become a thorough portrait. I didn't want a neater psychological profile, but it doesn't examine her key relationships hard enough either, her affair with the student only coming into view in the second half. There's something a tad schematic about how this plays out. Still, Haneke delivers an unforgettable climax, and Huppert is magnificent.
Sure, a study of a bourgeoisie that'll talk Schubert but watch porn, but I usually prefer this sort of Freudian potboiler when it's pretending to be trash. That said, the biggest twist is that its kinks are revealed with tenderness and even a chance for hope. Both of which are dashed, leaving the disturbed confusion of love/sex/intimacy gone wrong when it reels from theory to practice. Huppert is enormously moving.
To me, this film introduced the reality of parallels which exist amongst the professional and the private: pre-meditation, self-discipline and maintaining control (that is, until it wasn't). It was also deeply disturbing and terribly depressing. Also a really good example as to why the spectrum of sexualities shouldn't be ostracized.
Haneke is such a master. first time seeing this one (!) and it is excellent, although not sure I'd say it's my personal favourite of his. Huppert is fantastic here, no denying that. as with all Haneke films the editing, camera work and sound - all top notch. the ending is pretty much perfect, Haneke easily has some of the best endings ever, can't think of a single film of his that doesn't end strongly.
One of the ultimate character studies, and a disquieting immersion in a really disturbed and repressed psyche. Haneke manages to create enormous empathy for an unlikable character without resorting to any melodramatic device, while Isabelle Huppert gives the performance of a lifetime; what she does in this movie is just beyond acting, you can't help but feel sad for her.
Great at being disturbing – yet touching – Haneke's 'La pianiste' deserves every praise it received. The narrative is a bit fragmented, but gives an even stronger sense of alienation to the life of the main character. The topics of pent-up sexuality, violence and psichological instability are excellently conveyed through cause-effect mechanism (their actions) that baffle both the viewers and the characters.