Country: Austria, France, Germany
Language: French, German
Translation: russian subtitles
Length: 131 min.
Director: Michael Haneke
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel
Erika Kohut is a pianist, teaching music. Schubert and Schumann are her forte, but she's not quite at concert level. She's approaching middle age, living with her mother who is domineering then submissive; Erika is a victim then combative. With her students she is severe. She visits a sex shop to watch DVDs; she walks a drive-in theater to stare at couples having sex. Walter is a self-assured student with some musical talent; he auditions for her class and is forthright in his attraction to her. She responds coldly then demands he let her lead.
Awards and festivals:
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prix, Best Actress, Best Actor
European Academy Award - Best Actress
BAFTA Award Nomination - Best Foreign Language Film
Cesar Award Nomination - Best Supporting Actress
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