The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes


The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes

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



Total Count: 40


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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 near, piano tuner of earthquakes Felisberto (Cesar Sarachu) sets out to activate the seven essential automatons who dot the dreaded doctor's landscape and make sure all the essential elements are in place. Once again instilled with life after her brief stay in the afterworld, amnesiac Malvina is soon drawn to the mysterious Felisberto as a result of his uncanny resemblance to her one-time fiancé Adolfo (also Sarachu). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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

    Mar 2, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 12, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ted Fry

    Seattle Times
    Top Critic
  • This opaque tale offers meticulously crafted atmosphere, but rather less passion or drama.

    Jan 5, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 5, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The whole movie feels filmed through the wrong end of a stereopticon: stiff, fascinating, riddled with secrets it doesn't care to divulge.

    Dec 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • ... those who can surrender to the Quays' poetic logic will find "The Piano Tuner" to be nothing short of a masterpiece.

    Nov 30, 2006 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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