The Piano

The Piano

DVD - 2012
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Ada, her nine year-old daughter and her piano arrive to an arranged marriage in nineteenth-century New Zealand. Because her husband refuses to transport her piano, Ada strikes a bargain with an illiterate neighbour, who forces her to earn back the piano. The arrangement draws all three into a complex emotional and sexual bond.
Publisher: [United States] :, Lions Gate Films,, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©1993
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC PIA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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firefly5
Sep 12, 2017

I found this movie to be a strange story set in N.Z. in the 1850's. If it was supposed to be believable, I would find that difficult. Who takes a piano from Scotland to New Zealand?
This movie definately showed a lot of emotion, the acting was suburb, Anna Paquin was wonderful as the daughter. The seduction of Ada was certainly not subtle, but I think she was willing to be seduced. The consequences of her adultery were severe. This is not a movie for everyone.

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tomdance
May 20, 2017

"The Piano" is one of my favorite movies of all time, melding great artistry, magical music (by Michael Nyman), and palpable passion in the exotic wilderness of New Zealand. This is director Jane Campion's best work (winning her the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1993). Anna Paquin beat 5000 candidates to perform this superb childhood role at age 9 (winning her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 11). Perfect casting, precise editing, and high drama empower this psychological exploration of passion on the edge of 1800s wilderness.

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Janice21383
Apr 23, 2017

Sam Neill seldom catches a break. The characters he is usually cast in (or chooses) are losers, masochists, or bigots, generally driven crazy by unfortunate circumstances and their inner demons. In The Piano, he marries a mute, mail order bride with a child who should be, in his opinion, under his complete control -- and even that goes spectacularly awry. Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin, and Harvey Keitel give excellent performances, although the latter is slightly miscast. Maybe, through movie magic, Neill could have played both parts? Viewers should be aware that the film is artier than they are probably expecting, although the style eventually settles down. The Piano should be avoided by those shocked by the notion that not particularly young or beautiful people have sex.

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IV27HUjg
Aug 02, 2015

Great acting in dreary place, unhappy circumstances. Had not seen since the theatre & still wondering about ending. Harvey Kitel at his best.

IClare Jul 28, 2013

Anna Paquin did a great job. I think she made the movie. Wasn't impressed with the story. The love story between Ada and Baines definitely could have been developed more, so that the audience could see the growth and a progression, so that I would care about them and want to root for them. Holly Hunter was okay. I don't think it was an Oscar worthy performance. I think Angela Bassett definitely should have won that year for What's Love Got to Do With It. All in all, it was just okay for me.

d2013 Mar 07, 2013

One of my old time favorite. A wonderful love story.

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Monolith
Nov 28, 2012

A radically different piece, with an ethereal setting in 1850s New Zealand. Eleven year old Anna Paquin was quite the little show stealer. She and Holly Hunter each picked up an Oscar, deservedly so. Hunter surrenders a mesmerizing presentation with unspoken grace. (I wonder if anyone else has ever won for a non-verbal role...) Poor Sam Neill, tortured in his own way. Still dude -- how could you? Yikes! I'm deducting ½ star for one reason. Harvey. Totally miscast. What were they thinking? Horrible accent/lackluster performance. Maybe it's because he was Mr. Popular in the early '90s. Oh well. Whatever. An affecting film, regardless. My compliments to writer/director Jane Campion.

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annanina
Jul 28, 2011

Beautiful, original, incredible cinematography, music - can't have enough words for this movie.
I watched another movie by the same director (Jane Campion), the title is "In the Cut", and also loved it.

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monkie
Jan 14, 2011

A beautiful and romantic love story.

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ecrouchm
Jan 01, 2011

Excellent movie.

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ecrouchm
Jan 01, 2011

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Monolith
Nov 28, 2012

Ada (voiceover): "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."

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