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The Piano Teacher(La Pianiste)

Erika Kohut, a sexually repressed piano teacher living with her domineering mother, meets a young man who starts romantically pursuing her.
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Salon by

When you see The Piano Teacher in a movie theater you get a chance to go back in time, back to the days when French movies were titillating, provocative and kind of smart.
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The New Yorker by David Denby

A seriously scandalous work, beautifully made, and it deserves a sizable audience that might argue over it, appreciate it -- even hate it. [1 April 2002, p. 98]
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Variety by David Rooney

Whatever valid points are being explored are hopelessly clouded by the film's unwavering earnestness as it descends into silliness and excess.
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New Times (L.A.) by Jean Oppenheimer

Huppert has never looked more beautiful. Despite her severe expression and lack of makeup, her face communicates enormous character. She proves absolutely spellbinding.
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Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

The Piano Teacher will surely be too strong for some audiences and is best left to those who like films that take big risks and get away with them.

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