The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (2006)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Timothy Quay, Stephen Quay, Alan Passes
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On DVD: Apr 24, 2007
Zeitgeist Films - Official Site


as Dr. Emmanuel Droz

as Malvina
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Critic Reviews for The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (18)

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

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

January 19, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

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

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
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.

Full Review… | December 1, 2006
Boston Globe
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