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La pianiste

Michael Haneke Austria, 2001

astygianelysium's rating of the film The Piano Teacher

The leading trio of actors portray not human beings, but elements of Control in a film which explores it at its every extreme corner. this is Control over the self (restraint, of the camera, of the pianists) as much at is relational (the mother as a restriction of potential, the game of the lovers rewriting the sex laws against each other). to read it psychologically seems a mistake: this a film foremost about form.