Or this is one of my all time favorite films it

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OR: This is one of my all-time favorite films. It combines masterful scripting, cinematography, performances, and musical score into a disturbing, erotic, and ultimately uplifting piece. The movie's heroine, wonderfully portrayed by Holly Hunter, is mute (symbolic of the fact that she has no say in her own life), with her daughter (the astonishing Anna Paquin) and her piano as her personal obsessions. Her conscripted husband, coldly played by Sam Neill, is trying to win her heart and her desire in all the wrong ways, while his crude tribal neighbor, sensually played by Harvey Keitel, understands her needs and ultimately wins her attention physically, intellectually, and romantically. The film's message and its delivery are extraordinarily powerful, the cinematic technique is rich ... the sequence shot with Hunter, Paquin, Keitel and the piano on the beach is one of the best pieces of work I've ever seen. Lasting impact. Cast:
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CMS 2100 Introduction to Film/Bonner Ada McGrath (Holly Hunter) George Baines (Harvey Keitel) Alisdair Stewart (Sam Neill) Flora McGrath (Anna Paquin) Aunt Morag (Kerry Walker) Nessie (Geneviève Lemon)
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  • Spring '14
  • Anna Paquin, The Piano, Jane Campion, Holly Hunter, George Baines

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