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The Piano 1993

  • Jane Campion
  • November 12, 1993
  • 121 mins
  • English
  • Drama, Romance
After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath and her young daughter, Flora, are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man named Alisdair Stewart. Making little attempt to warm up to Alisdair, Ada soon becomes intrigued by his Maori-friendly acquaintance, George Baines, leading to tense, life-altering conflicts.


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This story is both strange and compelling. Raw in its essence. The hypnotising dance that causes these characters to be bond to each other is astounding and unorthodox. Against all odds and reason they found a common language without words. The performances given by Keitel (George) and Hunter (Ada) were remarkable and powerful. Jane Campion's weaving of the Maori culture adds complexity to the story and lends a new pair of eyes to the same situation subtly. She is indeed an excellent director and writer. The choices in manipulation of light and cinematography framed the story in the most movingly haunting way. Within the frame that starts out so black and white with shades of grey and brown, a burst of red penetrates it as Ada's life is penetrated by him (George). Red is found with him and their love and the unravelling, as with her hair, ensues. Love can give you strength while rendering you helpless against it and Ada's release and rebirth are inevitable in the face of it. A truly profound movie and well worth the watch.

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