"Piano Farewell"

Bartholome 2022-10-02 02:46:52

"Piano Lesson" mainly tells a different love story of Ada, a woman who has lost her speech since childhood. Ada in the film has always been keen to play the piano, and she has a very paranoid love for her own piano. It was this paranoia that made her fall in love with Baines, the man who also loved Ada. This is considered to be an almost perfect female film, which means that it shows people that it is no longer a woman's confrontation with a man in the secular sense, but a woman who is independent in her heart and can be spiritually self-sufficient. After struggling, the process of reaching reconciliation with reality.
At the beginning of the film, Ada introduces herself in the voice of a little girl, because Ada started not speaking at the age of six. It is also for this reason that Ada is very autistic, and her daughter Flora is the only person she is close to. Except that her daughter can sometimes help her express her emotions, the only way she can express her feelings at will is by playing the piano, so she has a strong dependence on this piano. So when she knew that her new husband, Stewart, was going to leave the piano on the beach, she was on a distant hill, staring at the lonely piano on the beach for a long time, as if she was about to leave her lover. It was also because of the pain of parting that when Ada begged the local Baines to take them to the beach to find a piano. This section is beautifully shot, Ada plays the piano intoxicated, with a long-lost smile on her face, very beautiful. Flora danced by the sea, Baines watched them intently. It was at this moment that Baines fell in love with Ada.
In order to get close to Ada, Baines traded land and Stewart for the piano and the opportunity for Ada to teach himself the piano. Seeing this, Stewart's husband is already an image of an unqualified husband. In the previous paragraph, he didn't realize that Ada was very eager to get the piano back, but thought that Ada had carved the piano keys on the table. Mental problems. This husband is indeed a failure, and this Ada later chose Baines, which also laid a solid foundation.
Ada had no choice but to go to Baines' house every time in order to play the piano. Baines felt that he had exchanged land for Ada. When treating Ada, he showed his primitive and vulgar courtship, using physical contact to win Ada's favor, and even using Ada's paranoid love for the piano. Satisfying his own desires by trading keys with Ada, this passage does show Baines's less than perfect man image, but I think it also fits his aboriginal identity. If I were to change to a gentleman, I think Ada would be tempted to see that this man is so considerate and to know his own mind. After all, the one in the family doesn't understand him so much. Regarding the cultivation of the love between Ada and Baines, I thought of another Japanese movie "Complete Breeding", but the way the male protagonist relies is different. The male protagonist of "Complete Breeding" cultivates love based on the female protagonist's freedom, but here is the use of the female protagonist's paranoia. No matter how they are, they are good men, and they both fall in love in the end. There is no need to worry too much about the method.
During this period, there were twists and turns. Baines felt that this method did not win Ada's heart, so he decided to give up. This is that Ada doesn't know that she has fallen in love with this man (women seem to be aware of it later), but in the days without Baines, Ada deeply misses that man. At this point in the movie, there is a scene where Ada plays the piano that he sent back, and it's something that has never happened before. At this time, Ada had a great change. She realized that she had changed from the paranoid feeling for the piano to the feeling for the listener (Baines).
Of course, the jealousy and anger of husband Stewart happened naturally after that. At this time there is a period when the husband stops Ada from going to Baines, and Ada tries to break free from her husband. At this moment, I remembered the background music played by Ada Yuanwang on the beach at the beginning of the movie. I feel that what the director expresses here is the comparison of the two behaviors of Ada before and after, which shows that Ada has become stronger and she will do what she wants. Love and fight with husband. The finger chops that happened afterward illustrate Ada's determination. Ada's way of fighting here is spiritual, and she doesn't have too much entanglement with her husband, which is also the characteristic of women's films.
In the end, the husband let Ada go, but Baines had to leave here with Ada. On the boat that was leaving, Ada let the piano sink to the bottom of the sea. Here, Ada wanted to make a break with her past self, and she didn't like her old self either. From the previous communication between her and her daughter, we know that there used to be a man Ada liked very much, but in the end the man couldn't stand that kind of life, so he left. Probably the man couldn't stand Ada's paranoia about the piano and left. The act of stepping into the rope enhances the dramatic expression, which means that paranoia is still in my heart, and breaking the rope means ushering in a new life.
In the final picture of the good life, Ada has metal fingers so that she can play the piano again. At this time, the voice of the little Ada in the title began again, and it seemed to be a bit the same as the title, but don't worry, at this time, Ada smiled very beautifully, like never before. As for the dream of the terrifying underwater corpse in the last scene of the film, it's just a lesson from the past life who never forgets the future.
I feel that the paranoia portrayed in the film is actually a major feature of women. Women are paranoid, so they are more obsessed with love than men. The movie is just zoomed in, and it doesn't begin with the paranoid opponent as a man, but at the piano. Then the movie just tells how this woman turned the paranoid opponent from a thing into a human being, which is recognized by the world, but if it has always been a thing, it is not bad, just like the corpse at the bottom of the sea.

View more about The Piano reviews

Extended Reading

The Piano quotes

  • Stewart: I trusted you.

  • George Baines: What happened? Tell me. Tell me! Where is she? Shh. Quiet down! Quiet down. Where is she?

    Flora: He chopped it off.

    George Baines: What did she tell him? What did she tell him? I'm going to crush his skull.

    Flora: Nooo! No, no! He'll chop her up!