The Piano: Movie Analysis

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The Piano
Directed by: Jane Campion

The Piano is a film about passion, the most basic and primal element of human nature. Passion ultimately cannot be denied. This is something that the characters in this movie learn in different and sometimes unpleasant ways. Ada (Holly Hunter) is a Scottish widow who has not talked since she was six years old. Her silence veils a deeply passionate and willful nature. She speaks in sign language with her nine-year-old daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) and writes messages on a tablet hanging from her neck. To give Ada a new lease on life, her father arranges a marriage for her with Stewart, a landowner in New Zealand. When mother and daughter land in this wild and primitive place, arrives on the stormy shores of New Zealand, a mute bride sold by her father to a British emigrant, the new husband is not there to greet them. In addition to normal baggage, Ada brings with her eight-year old Flora (Anna Paquin), her illegitimate daughter, and a piano. Ada resourcefully builds a makeshift tent on the beach out of a hoop skirt. When he finally arrives, Stewart (Sam Neill) gets himself into even deeper trouble with Ada by refusing to transport her beloved piano to their home in the bush. At First, Stewart declares that the piano is too bulky to move from the beach, and resists bringing it to his house despite Ada's wordless pleads. Next, he sells it to fellow Englishman Baines (Harvey Keitel), a man who has embraced the local Maori ways. In addition to the piano, Baines wants a reluctant Ada as his teacher. When he offers her a deal to get the instrument back, she is unprepared for the price she must ultimately pay. This Victorian landowner believes that since God loves dumb creatures, he must do so as well. Stewart is quite mystified by Ada's anger and put off by her symbiotic relationship with Flora, But what hurts him most is her refusal to consummate their marriage. Meanwhile, Gaines (Harvey Keitel), Stewart's illiterate estate...
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