The Piano (1993)
Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 5
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Average Rating: 9.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 0
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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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Writer/director Jane Campion's third feature unearthed emotional undercurrents and churning intensity in the story of a mute woman's rebellion in the recently colonized New Zealand wilderness of Victorian times. Ada McGrath (Holly Hunter), a mute who has willed herself not to speak, and her strong-willed young daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) find themselves in the New Zealand wilderness, with Ada the imported bride of dullard land-grabber Stewart (Sam Neill). Ada immediately takes a dislike to
Nov 19, 1993 Wide
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Sweetie and An Angel at My Table have taught us to expect startling as well as beautiful things from Jane Campion, and this assured and provocative third feature (1993) offers yet another lush parable.
Campion never underestimates the power physical obsession exerts over human souls, and, for once, a modern film treats erotic passion honestly.
Ms. Campion somehow suggests states of mind you've never before recognized on the screen.
The Piano plays itself with such contrapuntal richness, it resonates in you forever.
[VIDEO] "The Piano" is a powerful film for its slow, inevitable inertia of drama.
A melancholy film exploring the despair and passion that arises from difficult situations.
Sublime - Holly Hunter's best work.
The fable's surreal imagery and attention to detail, capturing a place and time--New Zealand outpost in 19th century--in which one mute person (the brilliant Holly Hunter) finds the true meaning of womanhood against all odds, linger in memory.
Campion's pet themes and ideas never came together with more physical clarity and emotional resonance than they did with her 1993 masterpiece.
Amazing, fantastical and incredibly odd. You either love it or you loathe it.
A compelling examination of the wondrously strange ways in which people treat one another, the poetically eccentric accommodations they make to life's incomprehensible cruelty and flashes of brilliant wonder.
The Piano is the most sense-luscious film to reach the screen in years. It shows how soul is realized through a fusion of body, desire and passion.
Brilliant. Campion's use of interior and exterior space is amazing.
Very, very good, but never quite great.
nice but a little overrated; it's all holly
Despite elements that I found invigorating, most of the film left me cold.
Audience Reviews for The Piano
- Ada McGrath: The voice you hear is not my speaking voice, but my mind's voice. I have not spoken since I was six years old. No one knows why, not even me. My father says it is a dark talent, and the day I take it into my head to stop breathing will be my last. Today he married me to a man I have not yet met. Soon my daughter and I shall join him in his own country. My husband writes that my muteness does not bother him, and hark this! He says, 'God loves dumb creatures, so why not I?' Twere good he had God's patience, for silence affects everyone in the end. The strange thing is, I don't think myself silent. That is because of my piano. I shall miss it on the journey.
- Ada McGrath: At night! I think of my piano in its ocean grave, and sometimes of myself floating above it. Down there everything is so still and silent that it lulls me to sleep. It is a weird lullaby and so it is; it is mine.
- Ada McGrath: George has fashioned me a metal finger tip, I am quite the town freak which satisfies!
- Ada McGrath: What a death! What a chance! What a surprise! My will has chosen life! Still it has had me spooked and many others besides!
- Ada McGrath: The voice you hear is not my speaking voice, but my mind's voice.
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