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The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (2006)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 23

Though visually stunning and brilliantly original, the film fails to resonate emotionally.

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 6

Though visually stunning and brilliantly original, the film fails to resonate emotionally.

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The Brothers Quay return for their first film in a decade with this live-action story of an 19th-century opera singer who is murdered on-stage shortly before her upcoming wedding. Soon after being slain by the nefarious Dr. Emmanuel Droz (Gottfried John) during a live performance, Malvina van Stille (Amira Casar) is spirited away to the inventor's remote villa to be reanimated and forced to play the lead in a grim production staged to recreate her abduction. As the time for the performance draws

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What the movie lacks in acting and coherence, it more than makes up for through imagery.

March 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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It's a hauntingly effective, poetic mood piece but an exasperating drama.

January 19, 2007
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It is a bold step into a mainstream realm for its ancient fablelike theme, agile storytelling, magnificent design and sure grasp of long-form narrative structure.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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This opaque tale offers meticulously crafted atmosphere, but rather less passion or drama.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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As in most of the Quays' fantasias, the narrative is oblique and slow moving but the florid visuals are rife with sexual and psychological overtones.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The whole movie feels filmed through the wrong end of a stereopticon: stiff, fascinating, riddled with secrets it doesn't care to divulge.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Shot in HD and wholly embracing the technology, Piano Tuner makes bold leaps into visual domains previously untrodden by filmmakers, even the Quays, but incorporates plenty of their animation and their trademark density of decor. Absolutely entrancing!!!

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

The narrative fails to be as colorful as the title.

June 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

blends live action and animation to create a surreal hermetic vision that is as beautifully seductive as it is chillingly inaccessible.

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

The story proves to be elusive, and the robotic performances of the cast make it hard to care about any of the characters -- or to try to figure out what's supposed to be going on.

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's one thing to make an audience sweat a bit to ferret out a plot, or piece together visual clues in order to comprehend a film. But it's quite another to dunk such richly imagined pictures in such a thick coat of shadow.

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Beyond that? Not much.

January 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The Quay brothers have created a gloriously gorgeous filmwith wondrous set pieces that have been beautifully shot inburnished tones by cinematographer Nic Knowland. It's a dark and disturbing fairy tale that fans of the brothers' work will embrace.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Like a dream, this film is wispy and ethereal; like a nightmare, it lodges in your hindbrain and gnaws away with gleeful abandon.

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Exquisitely detailed, difficult to grasp hold of, and always obscured by molds and corrosions. The Quay Brothers are distinct oddities in the landscape of contemporary cinema.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Reverse Shot
Reverse Shot

Characters slowly whisper their dialogue to one another in scenes that would put the dead to sleep.

December 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The music is gorgeously classical and some of the images are memorable and haunting, but experiencing the film is near-torture.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

What if David Lynch had directed The Abominable Dr. Phibes? The result might well have been something along the lines of this Quay Brothers horror art film.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: About.com
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