About

After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath and her young daughter, Flora, are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man named Alisdair Stewart. Making little attempt to warm up to Alisdair, Ada soon becomes intrigued by his Maori-friendly acquaintance, George Baines, lead...

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Directed by

Jane Campion

Written by

Jane Campion (Screenplay)

Runtime

121 minutes

Country

New Zealand, Australia, France

Language

English

Cast

Keywords

woman director arranged marriage jealousy adultery culture clash love triangle beach sexuality mother daughter relationship 19th century piano isolation sign language violent husband new zealand maori wilderness secret love strangeness settler

Photos

Lists

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

#199 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

Awards

Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role

Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography