• Released
  • August 9, 2005
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • Drama
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The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes Synopsis
An inventor (Gottfried John) murders, then resurrects, an opera singer (Amira Casar).
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Los Angeles Times

Those who can surrender to the Quays' poetic logic will find The Piano Tuner to be nothing short of a masterpiece.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
The film is about vanity and pride, and the caging of beauty. Its elaborate fabrication has an intoxicating quality that captures the...
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Flaunting elements of "Phantom of the Opera" and "The Island of Lost Souls," the movie, with its haunting, claustrophobic environment,...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Their film is a fiendishly detailed toy -- the sort found at the back of a forgotten museum -- and while the shadow play it presents is an...
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Seething with suggestions of perverse pleasures and inchoate horror, this dark fairy tale won't win the Pennsylvania-born, London-based...
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Mainstream audiences will be put off by the lack of a straightforward narrative, but adventurous moviegoers will find pleasure in the...
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Like a dream, this film is wispy and ethereal; like a nightmare, it lodges in your hindbrain and gnaws away with gleeful abandon.
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Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
The result is a cast of characters who are little better than automatons themselves. This wouldn't be a problem if the rest of the film...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
With the film's hypnotic emphasis on artistry and architecture, most viewers will probably get their satisfaction from the striking visual...
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Film Threat

By Phil Hall
By the end of the 99 minute running time, there is a terrible sense of been-there/done-that. And for artists of the Quays' caliber, that is...
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