Sunday, March 1, 2009

THE PIANO (1993) Directed by Jane Campion

I have a soft spot for this Jane Campion film. I tend to refer to it as a MASTERPIECE, and it happens to be the movie I put at the top of my list of favorite films of all times, so bear with me.
Of all the tiny marvelous moments, the scene that haunts me is when Ada (splendidly portrayed by Holly Hunter) is being taken away through the mountains. She looks back at the piano left alone by the shore, defenseless, mute, like her. In a way, that's herself, in her absolute loneliness. Her eyes longing, full of sorrow, sadness, and pain. Think of it as a feminist goodbye to her voice. Think of it as a human being being separated from his/her spirit.

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