Piano, The (1993)

Title: Piano, The
Released: 1993
Genre: Drama / Romance
Runtime: 121 min
Country: Australia / New Zealand / France
Language: English / Sign Language / Maori

Plot 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.

Comments: A 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.

The film 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.

Cast overview:
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)

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Scene Description: 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.

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Scene Description: Holly 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.

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