“The Piano” is as peculiar and haunting as any film I’ve seen.
It tells a story of love and fierce pride, and places it on a bleak New Zealand coast where people live rudely in the rain and mud, struggling to maintain the appearance of the European society they’ve left behind. It is a story of shyness, repression and loneliness; of a woman who will not speak and a man who cannot listen, and of a willful little girl who causes mischief and pretends she didn’t mean to.
This artistic rendition left a sorrowful taste in my mouth that left my feeling fulfilled in the most empty way possible. This woman has a peaceful life ruined by society’s notion of marriage and not love. She loses everything she holds dear but still clings to life, having hope that happiness is still possible. This movie has a realistic ending, a non happy ending, where she has accepted love into her heart but cannot ever be full again after losing her piano. This tale touches on many topics, including but not limited to, woman’s rights, New Zealand natives, relationships, etc.
I truly enjoyed this movie and loved the music and cinematography. A real treat to the mind and eye. I was fully intrigued the entire time! Will be watching again in the future.