The Piano ★★★★★

At a surface level, The Piano plays out as a hushed period romance between Hunter and Keitel, who exchange meaningful glances and find stolen moments away from the prying eyes of Neill’s impotent interloper. What elevates the film to greatness is Campion’s acute understanding of female trouble, and how womanhood has always struggled under the patriarchy. Ada is bought and sold like livestock, a pretty thing to be traded for a piece of land.

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