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The Piano

Genres: Romance · Drama

Release Date: 1993-05-19

Content Rating: R

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Australian Film Commission

This Movie Is About

mother daughter relationship · severed finger · 19th century · piano · sign language · woman director · playing piano · mute · secret love · wilderness · settler · arranged marriage · maori · new zealand · violent husband · strangeness · isolation · culture clash · beach · jealousy · sexuality · adultery · love triangle


After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath and her young daughter, Flora, are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man named Alisdair Stewart. Making little attempt to warm up to Alisdair, Ada soon becomes intrigued by his Maori-friendly acquaintance, George Baines, leading to tense, life-altering conflicts.