The Piano Teacher ★★★★

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I thought I had seen this but it turns out I was thinking of Jane Campion's The Piano (also an excellent movie) like a dumb ass. It turns into a typical Michael Haneke movie relatively quickly, and the exploration of power dynamics as strictly designated zones of sexuality becoming more and more blurred is fascinating stuff. It's what is indistinguishable that is illuminated through Isabelle Huppert's performance, gliding between spaces as a constant of repressed kink and overt dominance. She makes the movie, as she usually does, and Haneke's direction isn't afraid to step back and embrace the performers, which is another reason for the film's success.