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The story and setting of The Piano might be harsh and unforgiving but this movie will fill your heart and enrich your soul.

For some inexplicable and inexcusable reason I had never seen The Piano before. But now that I have - on the big screen luckily - I can only echo what many have said before: Jane Campion's picture is a marvel.

From its unique story and setting to the evocative mood and the superlative performances The Piano grabs your attention from the first image and never lets it go. Campion's Oscar-winning screenplay sweeps you along with its dramatic heft, mesmerizing characters and profound thematic resonance.

As a director she coaxes career-best performances out of the entire cast, but none more than Holly Hunter and a very young Anna Paquin. The former gives a masterclass in nuance, while the latter's fierce charm is nothing short of a miracle.

And then there is Michael Nyman's hauntingly beautiful score, tying together the narrative with a poignant extra layer of emotion. So if you are also one of those people who had never seen The Piano before, don't hold off any longer.

release: 1993

director: Jane Campion

starring: Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin, Sam Neill, Harvey Keitel


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