Madame Sousatzka


Ersatz sentiment and grandstanding performances are the main keys of John Schlesinger’s piano-as-metaphor melodrama. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s script, adapted from Bernice Rubens’ novel, assembles several outsider stereotypes in a crumbling house: a furtive gay man (Geoffrey Bayldon), a model (Twiggy) and a madame (Shirley MacLaine) who spouts Mr Miyagi-style life lessons to her young piano pupil, Manek (Navin Chowdhry). Subtexts seep in, but any emotion gets muffled by the pat set-up and MacLaine’s puffed-up performance.


Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: September 3rd 2007

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