The Piano Teacher (2002)

Piano Teacher
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 2hr 10mins.
Genres Drama, Adaptation, Foreign
Keywords Austria, dark, dysfunctional, erotic, mother/daughter, musician, novel, piano, psychodrama, psychological, repression, sadism, sadomasochism, sex, teacher
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Christian Berger Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Monika Willi Editor n/a 172 7000001
Hanus Polak Jr. Assistant Director n/a 163 5000002
Yvon Crenn Line Producer n/a 161 5000001
Elfriede Jelinek Source Material (from novel:"The Piano Teacher") 120786 4000002
Nadine Muse Editor n/a 172 7000002
Martin Achenbach Music n/a 120781 8000001
Jean-Pierre LaForce Sound n/a 120816 14000002
Monica Donati Publicity publicist 120789 29000001
Guillaume Sciama Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Annette Beaufays Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Christoph Kanter Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Michael Haneke Screenplay (Adaptation) 120778 4000001
Christine Gozlan Executive Producer n/a 174 3000006
Susanne Lothar Actor Mrs Schober 1 1000005
Udo Samel Actor Doctor Blonskij 1 1000006
Anna Sigalevitch Actor Anna Schober 1 1000004
Benoît Magimel Actor Walter Klemmer 1 1000003
Annie Girardot Actor The Mother 1 1000002
Michael Haneke Director n/a 2 2000001
Veit Heiduschka Producer n/a 3 3000001
Yvon Crenn Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Michael Katz Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Alain Sarde Producer ("presents") 3 3000003
Marin Karmitz Producer ("presents") 3 3000002
Isabelle Huppert Actor Erika Kohut 1 1000001
Erika Kohut is a piano teacher at the Vienna Conservatory, a prestigious music school in Vienna. In her early forties and single, she lives with her overprotective and controlling mother in a hermetically sealed world of love-hate and dependency, where there is no room for men. Her sex life consists of voyeurism and masochistic self-injury. Lonely and alienated, Erika finds solace by visiting sex shops and experimenting with masochism. At a a recital, she befriends Walter, a handsome young man, whom she seduces and with whom she begins an illicit affair. As Erika slowly drifts closer to the brink of emotional disorder, she uses the love-stricken Walter to explore her darkest sado-masochistic fantasies, which eventually lead to her undoing.