I have posted my full review of this film and R1 DVD with screen captures CLICK HERE to access Its hard to know what to think of the 2001 film La Pianiste on first viewing. I was taken back by much of the perverse, harsh and desperate behavior on screen, but also had a very strong sense that it was restrained... un-sensationalized... certainly in as tactful manner as could be done within the confines of the subject, an abjectly cold and disturbed piano teacher. Isabelle Huppert plays Erika Kohut, a high level piano teacher in Vienna. She lives with her powerfully protective mother (Anne Girardot). We learn that her father is deceased. Aside from sleeping in a bed side-by-side with her mother at night, Erika has other extremely dysfunctional predilections. She has bizarre self indulgent sexual practices and we voyeuristically view her performing them. Shot with many close-ups, director Haneke explores a deep rooted psychological drama, backed with graceful Schubert music. The central character of Erika was expertly played by Huppert who was awarded best actress at Cannes. The REMSTAR DVD picture quality is very good. The picture quality is exceptionally clear as is the wonderful sound but the disc is quite bare of extras. Four trailers are included, but no commentary, interviews or documentary as on the R2 version. It has nice interactive menu's but since the film itself screams for discussion it is a shame that that not more effort was put into this release.