Erika Kohut is a pianist, teaching music. Schubert and Schumann are her forte, but she’s not quite at concert level. She’s approaching middle age, living with her mother who is domineering then submissive; Erika is a victim then combative. With her students she is severe. She visits a sex shop to watch DVDs; she walks a drive-in theater to stare at couples having sex. Walter is a self-assured student with some musical talent; he auditions for her class and is forthright in his attraction to her. She responds coldly then demands he let her lead. Next she changes the game with a letter, inviting him into her fantasies. How will he respond; how does sex have power over our other faculties?
This film scared me to death. Not because there were scary scenes with zombies or ghosts, but because it’s so cynical, ruthless and cold. There’s no hope… just the ugly truth. This film deals with themes such as perversion and self-destruction in an unique way, without any trace of pity. Isabelle Huppert was terrific and she was perfect for this cold and distressing character.
I don’t really understand if I like this film because it was a bit too strong for me (I’ve watched a lot of movies, but this was particularly hard to watch… especially when she cuts herself) but I guess it was a real masterpiece. Creepy…
What do you think?