The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes
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The Brothers Quay return for their first film in a decade with this live-action story of an 19th-century opera singer who is murdered on-stage shortly before her upcoming wedding. Soon after being slain by the nefarious Dr. Emmanuel Droz (Gottfried John) during a live performance, Malvina van Stille (Amira Casar) is spirited away to the inventor's remote villa to be reanimated and forced to play the lead in a grim production staged to recreate her abduction. As the time for the performance draws near, piano tuner of earthquakes Felisberto (Cesar Sarachu) sets out to activate the seven… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What the movie lacks in acting and coherence, it more than makes up for through imagery."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"This opaque tale offers meticulously crafted atmosphere, but rather less passion or drama."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Shot in HD and wholly embracing the technology, Piano Tuner makes bold leaps into visual domains previously untrodden by filmmakers, even the Quays, but incorporates plenty of their animation and their trademark density of decor. Absolutely entrancing!!!"
‑ Guy Maddin, Film Comment Magazine
"The story proves to be elusive, and the robotic performances of the cast make it hard to care about any of the characters -- or to try to figure out what's supposed to be going on."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The Quay brothers have created a gloriously gorgeous filmwith wondrous set pieces that have been beautifully shot inburnished tones by cinematographer Nic Knowland. It's a dark and disturbing fairy tale that fans of the brothers' work will embrace."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"It's a hauntingly effective, poetic mood piece but an exasperating drama."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As in most of the Quays' fantasias, the narrative is oblique and slow moving but the florid visuals are rife with sexual and psychological overtones."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The narrative fails to be as colorful as the title."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's one thing to make an audience sweat a bit to ferret out a plot, or piece together visual clues in order to comprehend a film. But it's quite another to dunk such richly imagined pictures in such a thick coat of shadow."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Like a dream, this film is wispy and ethereal; like a nightmare, it lodges in your hindbrain and gnaws away with gleeful abandon."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"It is a bold step into a mainstream realm for its ancient fablelike theme, agile storytelling, magnificent design and sure grasp of long-form narrative structure."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"The whole movie feels filmed through the wrong end of a stereopticon: stiff, fascinating, riddled with secrets it doesn't care to divulge."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"blends live action and animation to create a surreal hermetic vision that is as beautifully seductive as it is chillingly inaccessible."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Beyond that? Not much."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Exquisitely detailed, difficult to grasp hold of, and always obscured by molds and corrosions. The Quay Brothers are distinct oddities in the landscape of contemporary cinema."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Reverse Shot
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