R | | Drama, Music, Romance
A mute woman is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.
Holly Hunter receives three onscreen credits for the film, playing the character Ada, playing the piano herself, and being a British sign language interpreter for Anna Paquin.
The voice you hear is not my speaking voice - -but my mind's voice. I have not spoken since I was six years old. No one knows why - -not even me. My father says it is a dark talent, and the day I take it into my head to stop breathing will be my ...
Ada writes a note to George on a piano key, but earlier George had told her that he can't read.
English, British Sign Language, Maori
£2,301,338 (UK) (10 December 1993)