Genre: Drama /
Runtime: 121 min
/ New Zealand / France
/ Sign Language / Maori
Summary: It is the mid-nineteenth century.
Ada is a mute who has a young daughter, Flora. In
an arranged marriage she leaves her native Scotland
accompanied by her daughter and her beloved piano.
Life in the rugged forests of New Zealand's South
Island is not all she may have imagined and nor is
her relationship with her new husband Stewart. She
suffers torment and loss when Stewart sells her piano
to a neighbour, George. Ada learns from George that
she may earn back her piano by giving him piano lessons,
but only with certain other conditions attached. At
first Ada despises George but slowly their relationship
is transformed and this propels them into a dire situation.
sensual and surprising film. Jane Campion's Oscar-winning
movie follows Ada (played by Holly Hunter), an immigrant
to the Australian outback and an arranged marriage,
who has not spoken for years and lives her life through
the sound of her piano. Her husband (played by Sam
Neill) is a man without much understanding, who tries
to break the connection between his new wife and her
piano; in contrast to him is the wild illiterate Baines
(played by Harvey Keitel), a tattooed loner, who reaches
into Ada's soul and helps her to regain contact with
her emotions and ultimately, her voice too.
is visually compelling, with its muted colours and
wide open spaces, and uses the soundtrack by Michael
Nyman in such a way so all the elements fit together.
Keitel and Hunter give excellent performances within
a sensitive and sensual screenplay, while Anna Paquin
is impressive as Ada's wise daughter, always watching
and always aware. Campion managed to make the story
touching, involving, and sexy, and it well deserved
the plaudits heaped on it.
Holly Hunter .... Ada McGrath
Harvey Keitel .... George Baines
Sam Neill .... Alisdair Stewart
Anna Paquin .... Flora McGrath
Kerry Walker .... Aunt Morag
Geneviève Lemon .... Nessie (as Genevieve Lemon)
Tungia Baker .... Hira
Ian Mune .... Reverend
Peter Dennett .... Head Seaman
Te Whatanui Skipwith .... Chief Nihe
Pete Smith .... Hone
Bruce Allpress .... Blind Piano Tuner
Cliff Curtis .... Mana
Carla Rupuha .... Heni (Mission Girl)
Mahina Tunui .... Mere (Mission Girl)
Holly Hunter bent over on her knees, showing us her
nice ass before she turns around and sits nude on a
bed with her breasts visible before a guy joins her.
Hunter laying on her side next to a guy, her bare ass
visible before he gets on top of her and they begin
to have sex, giving us a look at her breasts.