In the room where I sleep … my thoughts overflow.

I am sure you are thinking, ‘Marina confused. What’s new?.’  Perhaps you can help me sort my feelings out.

Soooo, I looked at my list of movies that were banned for several reasons and saw the French movie called The Piano Teacher.

The Piano Teacher was directed by Michael Haneke. It won 12 awards and 15 nominations.

Ok the story is unique and interesting. I can admit that right away.

Erika Kohut is a pianist, teaching music. She is all about the music from Schubert and Schumann (whoever they are) though she’s not quite at concert level. She’s approaching middle age. She is basically an old maid  living with her mother who is controlling!

In fact, her mother is crazy. She doesn’t leave her daughter alone. She is practicing for recitals and the mother won’t stop called her old ass daughter. She goes nuts if she doesn’t hear from her daughter. You have to see the movie to know what I mean. She is a control freak. Erika plays a victim then becomes combative with her mother. They clearly have several rooms in the home but they sleep in the same bed.

With her students, she a bitch. She talks crap to them and belittles them.  After teaching for 8 hours a day, she visits a sex shop to watch DVDs. She goes into the little rooms and watches porn. In the one scene she just sits there and then finds tissue that has been “used” previously and sniffs at it while she watches the porn.


She also goes to drive in’s. She waits for some time for all the young couples to eat then head off into their cars to watch the movie and then ultimately start doing it.  I don’t know if this means anything but upon staring at the kids as they go at it, she has to pee and does it right by the car.

She has a few issues… maybe not problems … but issues. I am trying to be open-minded. People swing different ways and I gotta be cool with that.

During a student’s recital, Erika breaks glass and puts it in her students pocket causing the young student to cut her self severally. In another scene you see the Erika cutting her va ja jay (OMG!!!) for the hell of it.


Then she meets a young man named Walter who a self-assured student with some musical talent; he auditions for her class and is forthright in his attraction to her. He is hot.

Hello Walter

Moving on…

She first keeps shutting him down. He is persistent. Finally he confronts her in a bathroom and they have this hot make out scene. She starts getting him off “manually” then leaves him like that. Blue balls and all! And we know without seeing the movie that he is angry at this point. But she wants her way . It’s obvious that he wants to do it with her but she refuses saying only that she will give him a letter of all that she wants done to her.

In this letter, she invites him into her fantasies. Walter is unwilling to indulge her violent fantasies, which repulse him. The night he refuses her and her box of “goodies” she literally throws her self on her mother and tries to kiss her and have sex with her. Clearly, she is sexually repressed. The film climaxes, however, when he finally does give in to her. He attacks her in her apartment in the fashion she let him know she desired, violently raping her as she lies prostrate after receiving a beating from him. She discovers, finally, that the reality of her desires does not match her conception of them.

At a recital Erika is performing in, she tries to get Walter’s attention. When confronted with his hypocritical, smug indifference. she puts a knife into herself and promptly leaves the auditorium. It’s not a deep wound but it’s clear she plans to do worse.

The End.

As I abrupt as I end this is exactly how the movie ended.

So yeah… it has potential.  I am just sure how I feel.

The movie was different and I don’t regret watching it.  I wasn’t sure what to think about it.

The more I think about it (bear with me now) the more I think the movie is about a woman’s struggle with two identities that lead to the breakdown of her sanity.  I see that she ultimately wants to connect with Walter but doesn’t know how.  This film strategically does just what Erika’s mother and most of the world does in the face of abnormal behaviour: refuses to interact with it. The more I think about it the more I think that  Erika is not insane, she’s just fucked up, and probably had some bad shit happen earlier in life.

I did some research and found out the movie was actually based on autobiographical novel by Elfride Jelinek.

So yes… I can now say I liked this movie. I had to reason with myself but I now know I like it.

I suggest you see it too.




Comments on: "Thursday Movie Review- Someone Slap Me I am Confused" (16)

  1. Holy Jesus! I want to see this movie!

    I got one. It hasn’t been banned, but it’s interesting. It’s called “Polaris”. It’s a russian film about long term space travel.

  2. I now want to see this movie!

    You should watch the story of Albert Fish. 😉

  3. It sounds interesting and I may have to check it out 🙂

    If I were to suggest a movie it would be my favorite of all times “The English Patient.” It is wonderful!

  4. firecracker3 said:

    I was not even aware of this movie and I have seen some oddball ones 🙂 I agree with you about abnormal behavior, society, repressed sexuality, etc. I probably would find this movie intriguing as well if I sat down to watch it and ultimately give it a thumbs up.

  5. ryoko861 said:

    O-M-G. It’s like Psycho meets One Flew Over The Cookoo’s Nest.

    Sad thing is there are people really like that out there!! Repressed by parents who take it out on other people. Have weird fetishes, cut themselves for relief. Some get off on this stuff.

    I give you kudos for hanging out and viewing the whole thing! I would have turned it off waaay towards the beginning!

    I’m not much of a movie watcher so I can’t suggest anything. If I think of one, I’ll let you know.

  6. I was a little turned off by this movie because with the movie poster of them making out on the bathroom floor. Talk about cuties and who knows what they are rolling around in. Sounds interesting, and a unique character, plus a movie I’ve never seen. And, actually I’m big into seeing unknown indie movies. Kudos to you for making it through the movie!

    • I bow… I tell you I was gonna turn it off… its kinda slow… and its in subtitles… so thats a bit annoying.. reading takes practice ya know!!

  7. The Human Centipide!
    That is all.

    • Dude after reading up on it… I can do it. If I can eat chilli while watching 2 girls 1 cup and not even flinch … that will be a piece of cake!

  8. ahhh…a family picture…
    try The Silent Partner – canadian film with elliot gould, christopher plummer and a straight cameo by john candy…

  9. Whoa….sounds rough…It sounds like one of those movies I have to watch in parts. Like The Human Centipede. I stopped it 3 times before I finished it.

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