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Madame Sousatzka

  PG-13 Closed Captioning

John Schlesinger

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About the Movie

Shirley MacLaine stars as the eccentric and endearing Madame Sousatzka, a flamboyant piano instructor who teaches gifted students how to play, and how to live. In her dark London flat that serves as a shrine to her troubled musical past, Madame Sousatzka begins teaching a charismatic young prodigy named Manek (Navin Chowdhry). Pulling Manek away from Madame's disciplined teachings are his ambitious mother, a relentless talent agent, and his own desire to follow the reckless whims of a teenage life. When her talented young protege decides to debut at a prestigious concert against her wishes, Madame Sousatzka once again faces the pain of losing a cherished part of her life to the changing world around her. Oscar®-winning director John Schlesinger paints a rich, multi-layered portrait in this uplifting, critically-acclaimed drama co-starring Peggy Ashcroft, Shabana Azmi and Twiggy.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

75%
  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's as affectionate, big-hearted and creaky as any film that ever graced Radio City Music Hall, with leisureliness and dime-store philosophizing to match. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: An intimate and amusing adaptation of Bernice Rubens' novel. – Rita Kempley, Washington Post, Nov 1, 2006

Fresh: As charming and fanciful as it is impossible to pigeonhole. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Nov 1, 2006

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Customer Reviews

Excellent

My husband and I enjoyed this film very much! The music was beautiful, the story flowed well and the characters were fascinating. Navin Chowdhry portrayed the young teen exactly as expected, and we did pick up the aesthetic subleties as they were intended.

Madame Sousatzka
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1988

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