A mute woman along with her young daughter, and her prized piano, are sent to 1850s New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, and she's soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.
1.85 : 1
Rated R for moments of extremely graphic sexuality.
English, British Sign Language, Maori
Piano, New Zealand, Arranged Marriage, Mute, 1850s
The Piano is a 1993 New Zealand romantic drama film about a mute female piano player and her daughter. The film revolves around the piano player's passion for playing the piano and her efforts to regain her piano after it is sold. The movie is set during the mid-19th century in a rainy, muddy frontier backwater on the west coast of New Zealand. The film was written and directed by Jane Campion, and stars Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, and Anna Paquin, in her first acting role. It features a score for the piano by Michael Nyman which became a best-selling soundtrack album. Hunter played her own piano pieces for the film, and also served as sign language teacher for Paquin, earning three screen credits. The film is an international co-production by Australian producer Jan Chapman with the French company Ciby 2000.
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