The Piano

The piano is a film about a mute piano player and her daughter. It was released in 1993 and is set during the mid-19th century. The protagonist, Ada McGrath is sold by her father into marriage to a New Zealand frontiersman. Ada has not spoken since she was 6 years old, and uses the piano to express herself. Her new husband, Alisdair, does not understand her relationship to the piano and they do not fit at all. It becomes very uncomfortable between them when he trades away her piano for a piece of land. Baines, the guy who bought her piano, takes advantage of Ada’s relationship with it and makes an offer to Ada that she can earn her piano back at a rate of one piano key per “lesson”, where he can look at her play and do “things he like” while she is playing. Every lesson gets more and more sexual and it is clear that Ada does not like his approach. It ends with Ada falling for Baines, and Alisdair finding out about it. The ending did not satisfy my expectations at all, with Ada getting her finger cut off and falling for a man who took advantage of her.

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3 thoughts on “The Piano

  1. I agree. I found the movie more disturbing than entertaining. Why would she fall in love with people using her and treating her the way they did? Makes no sense to me.

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  2. The Piano was to me a terrifying experience to go through. Which is a victory for the filmmakers as it really left a strong impression.

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