The Piano

Holly Hunter stars as Ada McGrath, a mute but strong-willed 19th-century Scottish expatriate who arrives in New Zealand with her daughter (Anna Paquin) and her beloved piano in tow. Although betrothed to a landowner (Sam Neill), she's pulled into an affair with a laborer (Harvey Keitel). Hunter and Paquin both won Oscars for their performances in this haunting drama from writer-director Jane Campion.
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NYT Critics' Pick
Sexual passion in colonial New Zealand, via Jane Campion. Severely beautiful, strangely liberating. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 89%
Critics' score: 89   Audience score: 86   Rotten Tomatoes page
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[An] evocative, powerful, extraordinarily beautiful film from the Australian director Jane Campion. full review

Hal Hinson, Washington Post

The Piano is a solid motion picture with a universal message and occasional splashes of genius, but it is remarkable only as Holly Hunter's performance is concerned. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Sweetie and An Angel at My Table have taught us to expect startling as well as beautiful things from Jane Campion, and this assured and provocative third feature (1993) offers yet another lush parable. full review

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Ms. Campion somehow suggests states of mind you've never before recognized on the screen. full review

Vincent Canby, New York Times

The Piano plays itself with such contrapuntal richness, it resonates in you forever. full review

Desson Thomson, Washington Post

The Piano is as peculiar and haunting as any film I've seen. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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