French Cinematheque: The Piano Teacher
Based on Elfriede Jelinek's novel, the film is about Erika, a middle-aged piano instructor trapped between her passion for music and her suffocating home life. After subtly tormenting her students at a Vienna conservatory and battling her domineering mother in a war at home, Erika seeks release through nightly voyeuristic wanderings and masochistic experiments. Drawn to Erika's unrelenting perfectionism, Walter, a vain and handsome young student, mistakes her unraveling sanity for ardor.
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