YMMV / The Piano

  • Accidental Aesop: although the film was intended with a pro-feminist message, others have criticized the movie for being anti-feminist, as the Ada essentially prostitutes herself and falls in love with the man buying her services.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: After winning an Oscar for playing a mute character, Holly Hunter's second most famous role uses only her voice.
  • Iron Woobie: Ada, though the iron part probably comes from her muteness.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Living in a bleak, bland land completely removed from home with a man whose own frustrations and awkwardness are driving him insane with jealousy? Nightmarish.
  • She Really Can Act: Anna Paquin gives an amazing and completely complex three-dimensional performance in her film debut as Ada's daughter Flora, which earned her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Need we mention she was only 9 when the movie was shot, and only 11 when she won the Oscar?
  • Values Dissonance: when it came out, it was considered a great feminist film, as Ada comes to terms with expressing her sexuality. Since then, other feminists have criticized the movie as anti-feminist because Ada is essentially prostituting herself, and falls in love with the man who is trading her services for piano lessons.