A period love story with strange metaphysical inclinations, Jane Campion's THE PIANO garnered lavish--though not unanimous--critical acclaim and a raft of awards. This is a film of mysterious beauty and subtle passion, set in a past so alien it might as well be another galaxy and peopled
with characters so odd it's hard to believe they're not real.
Ada (Holly Hunter), a 19th-century Scottish woman of formidable and eccentric intelligence who hasn't spoken since childhood, is sent with her gravely beautiful daughter Flora (Anna Paquin)--conceived out of wedlock and her mother's intermediary with the speaking world--to the wilds of New
Zealand to marry Stewart (...