Mid 19th century. Silent Ada, together with her little daughter and her beloved piano, leaves her native Scotland and moves to the other side of the world, to New Zealand, where her future husband Stuart is waiting for her. He refuses to deliver the piano to the house, which remains abandoned on the shore. Ada, who has not spoken since she was six, nevertheless shows her husband the depth of her anger. For this strong woman, silence is far from a sign of consent.
Stuart’s neighbor Baines, who looks like a savage, brings a piano that replaces Ada’s voice to his home. She can get it back, but only if she comes to Baines’s house and gives him music lessons – according to the number of keys. These lessons will lead them into the abyss of fatal passions…
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I will say briefly. I myself in my life, due to absurd indifference and stupid misunderstanding, have irretrievably lost my instrument. The pain experienced at the same time is not comparable to anything.
Almost ten years have passed, but I very clearly remember the smell of my piano, the sound, all the scratches, the clatter of the lid and the small specks that were gathering in the cornerâ¦ I rememberâ¦
By the way, by a strange coincidence ten years ago I watched this film for the first time. Tonight in the second. All these years I remembered it, but did not dare to look again.
It is strange and at the same time quite natural that this film became even closer to me, because over time I understood even more deeply what my instrument meant and means to me.
When Ada’s husband leaves the piano on the shore, he signs a sentence for himself that he will never achieve her Love, because in fact he left her, Ada, on the shore …
What can I write here … I understand everything …
And the way you can play on the kitchen table.
And how you can play at night with your eyes closed.
And how you can touch your instrument as if you were touching your beloved – with the same tenderness, awe, sacred reverence…
And the act of Ada at the end of the film as well. For me it is absolutely logical and clear. A damaged instrument that needs to be buried. Bury with what died inside along with the piano. And come back to life, because there is HE. The one who understands, the one who loves … The one for whom it is worth living on.
There is something to live for, there is someone to play. On the piano.
Today I want to be silent. There is silence around me today, broken by the sounds of the keys that sound in my memory …
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (83.8 Mb/s)
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0