The Piano

The Piano

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Not only was The Piano – the story of a mute woman and her daughter trying to find love within an arranged marriage in settler-era New Zealand – a fine piece of film making, it also marked a key moments in the emergence of the local film industry as a viable player in a global sense. The three Oscars it netted, including Best Supporting Actress for an 11-year-old Anna Paquin, was a major spotlight for both homegrown talent and the country as a setting for production. This attention was well deserved, as Jane Campion’s direction is deftly subtle and lyrical in its exploration of love and tragedy and the performances hit just the right notes. The way in which the cinematography highlights the beauty of our natural landscapes is the icing on the cake.


Winner the Best Lead Actress (Hunter), Best Supporting Actress (Paquin) and Best Screenplay at the 1994 Academy Awards. Best Actress and Palme d'Or winner at Cannes 1993.

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Drama, Romance, Historical


Rating: M

Australia, New Zealand, France




Sensible and beautiful.

This is one of my favourite movies and it sets back in the 1850's with the story about a young, mute woman who arrives in New Zealand together with her daughter and a piano. She's bound to marry a plantage owner but soon fall in love with a local. The music and scenery makes this movie really something.