The Piano Teacher

The Piano Teacher ★★★★½

The commanding strictness of Haneke's craft is overwhelmingly gripping and persistent here. Themes are generated and exposed compellingly with insane complexity, layers, and depth dedicated to the how and the why behind characters' behaviors and interactions with one another. The camera is also masterfully precise, choosing to either stay still or shift around with striking intention and seasoned flair. With how bold and exhausting the screenplay is, great acting is basically a necessity, and Huppert and Girardot certainly delivered with how intense both their performances got. Grueling and appalling in the best of ways, I really need to watch more of Haneke's work