About the film
love triangle adultery sexuality jealousy beach culture clash isolation strangeness violent husband new zealand maori arranged marriage settler wilderness secret love mute pianist playing piano woman director sign languages piano 19th century severed finger mother daughter relationship
Release Date: May 19, 1993
|Production Companies||:||New South Wales Film & Television Office, Jan Chapman Productions, Australian Film Commission, CiBy 2000|
|Producers||:||Jan Chapman, Mark Turnbull, Alain Depardieu|
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, leading to tense, life-altering conflicts.