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Megan Mullen <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 16 Feb 1994 14:17:55 -0600
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I didn't find the diving-into-ocean scene at the end to be "beautiful";
I thought it was pretty ridiculous.  In fact it reminded me of the end of
CAPE FEAR when what's his name (the DeNiro character) keeps resurfacing --
only I don't think THE PIANO was supposed to provoke any terror or suspense.
Someone I know thought this scene was a welcome contrast to the typical
C19 Victorian novel in which the heroine has to die.  Well...  My problem is
that this treatment was undeserved by the narrative up to that point; it made
something seem plausible that the movie otherwise had indicated would not be
plausible.  Wasn't the point of the movie to show a woman making the best she
could out of a pretty horrific set of circumstances -- but without being able
to reconcile the contradictions within herself (I mean that silly not
speaking thing set her up as being pretty inept at overcoming internal
contradictions!)?  Of course the cinematography was delightful...