R | | Drama, Music
A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.
Isabelle Huppert's performance in this film is considered to be one of the greatest of the previous decade and inspired actresses like Jessica Chastain or Nicole Kidman.
Good evening, child.
Erika Kohut: Evening, mama.
The Mother: Home already? I'm so happy.
Erika Kohut: I'm going.
The Mother: Not so fast.
Erika Kohut: Please. Leave me be. I'm tired.
The Mother: I can quite believe it. Your last pupil left 3 hours ago. Might I know where you've been all this time?
Erika Kohut: Please.
The Mother: No, you don't. ...
The R-rated edition from Kino makes a number of changes and omissions, removing the shots of the hardcore peep booth footage viewed by Huppert's character in the mall, as well as optically pixellating pornographic images on magazine covers in the sex shop. In addition, this version completely removes the following two sequences: -Huppert's cutting sequence in the bathtub -Magimel taking Huppert to the ground and humping her at the hockey rink. In the latter case, the film awkwardly fades out and in again in quick succession, to elide the missing footage.
$1,236,319 (France) (7 September 2001)
$1,900,282 (USA) (10 November 2002)