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L'Accordeur (The Piano Tuner) is a French Short Film directed and written by Olivier Treiner. It was released in 2010.

Adrien (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet) is a young piano player who has failed some prestigious competitive exams. He has reconverted himself into a piano tuner for his livelihood. Because he guesses that his customers think that blind people have a better hearing, he pretends to be blind. A side effect of this is that he gets to peep into the intimacy of his customers, which is particularly pleasant when they're beautiful women. But he soon finds out that being unmasked is not the worst thing that can happen with such an act...

The short can be watched here.

L'Accordeur provides examples of:

  • Blind People Wear Sunglasses: Part of Adrien's act, of course.
  • Covert Pervert: Pretending to be blind allows Adrien to peep into the intimacy of his customers. One of them happens to be a beautiful woman who puts herself in underwear and practices dance just right next to him. She's certainly aroused by doing this in front of what she thinks is a blind man, and she kisses Adrien on the cheek when she's done.
  • Didn't Think This Through: When having to tune the piano of the woman who just killed her husband, Adrien suddenly reminds himself that he keeps a notebook in his coat that the woman just took away... Blind people have no use for notebooks.
  • He Knows Too Much: After Adrien enters the apartment of his last customer and slips in blood (with said guy's dead body on the sofa), the guy's wife plans to murder him too.
  • Inner Monologue: Adrien speaks in his thoughts at the end when he's at his murdered customer's apartment, trying to reassure himself that the man's wife still thinks he's blind... until he figures out he left his notebook in his coat.
  • Nail 'Em: Adrien's last customer in the short got murdered by his wife with a nail gun (she "nailed" him in the temple, among other places), and she prepares to do the same to Adrien...
  • Obfuscating Disability: Adrien passes as a blind man in order to get more customers, as he posits that they think blind people have a better hearing and thus can tune a piano better. He put blind eye contact lenses and sunglasses on, uses a cane, gauges the size of banknotes and also trained himself in order to suppress his blink reflexes to improve his act.
  • The Peeping Tom: Adrien straight up says that he found himself having a voyeurist need in addition to his piano tuning job.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: Adrien's last customer in the short got murdered by his wife.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Adrien insists on tuning the piano of his last customer in the short, despite the guy's wife offering to pay him for his troubles... then he enters, finds out what just happened there when slipping in blood and seeing the dead husband's body on the sofa, and then the wife plans to murder him too.
  • Uncertain Doom: The short ends with Adrien still tuning/playing the piano and the woman who just murdered her husband pointing a nail gun at his neck.