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Madame Sousatzka (1988)

Renowned Russian piano teacher Irina Sousatzka gets a new student - Bengali piano prodigy Manek. They are both immigrants in the UK and bond quickly. When Manek's single mother's business fails, he must make a career decision.

Director:

John Schlesinger

Writers:

Bernice Rubens (from the novel by), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Madame Sousatzka
Peggy Ashcroft ... Lady Emily
Twiggy ... Jenny
Shabana Azmi ... Sushila
Leigh Lawson ... Ronnie Blum
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Mr. Cordle
Lee Montague ... Vincent Pick
Robert Rietty Robert Rietty ... Leo Milev
Navin Chowdhry ... Manek Sen
Greg Ellis ... Tarek
Sam Howard Sam Howard ... Edward
Jeremy Sinden Jeremy Sinden ... Woodford
Roger Hammond ... Lefranc
Mohammed Ashiq Mohammed Ashiq ... Sunil
Carol Gillies Carol Gillies ... Sousatzka's Mother
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Storyline

Bengali Sushila Sen and her son, Manek, relocate from India to London after Sushila's relationship with her husband fails. Sushila struggles with everyday living. A child piano prodigy, Manek's schoolteacher refers him to a piano teacher, Irina Sousatzka, a Russian immigrant renowned for her teaching skills. Irina forms a strong bond with Manek, not only teaching him piano but also valuable life lessons. Disagreements arise, as Manek does not want anyone to run his life for him, but nevertheless the training progresses. Sushila, a baker and seller of Indian cuisine, loses an important client after her hair is found in one of her baked goods. To help his mother, Manek feels pressure to use his piano skills to earn some money. This is against Irina's wishes, however, as she is trying to protect Manek from her own negative experiences as a young concert pianist. She believes no student should perform until they are ready. But Manek, encouraged by a pushy music agent, decides to perform ... Written by Laura

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Taglines:

I teach not only how to play, but how to live.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1989 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Madame Sousatzka, a Professora See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,548,238
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cineplex-Odeon Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The last cinema film of Peggy Ashcroft. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet in A Minor (Finale)
Written by Johannes Brahms
Performed by the Hanson String Quartet
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Undiscovered gem
6 August 2002 | by brien-3See all my reviews

Shirley MacLaine once said as a joke in an interview that "not more than ten people saw the movie"! Well, I am lucky to claim that I was one of the ten and rate it as my top ten movie of all time! The acting is flawless!

I own the LD copy of the movie and am hoping to see the DVD format being available soon. This is such a gem that it would be a shame if it's not released on DVD format to share with the world of what great movies are made of! One final word to describe this movie: Beautiful


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