• Phil Powrie


This chapter explores female performance of the piano, showing how the music mediates the relationship between the principal protagonists. This can be a heterosexual relationship (Un peu, beaucoup, aveuglément; En équilibre; L’Étudiante et Monsieur Henri), a lesbian relationship (L’Accompagnatrice; La Tourneuse de pages; Je te mangerais), or a complex and violent relationship (La Pianiste; De battre mon cœur s’est arrêté). The films articulate the “coming out” from the domestic space to the public space: the woman is lacking in self-confidence, practises assiduously at home, and then demonstrates what she can do in a public performance. The “coming out” is linked to her sexuality, whether heterosexual or lesbian. Performance is not just musical in these films; it is also sexual.


Performance Piano Heterosexuality Lesbian 


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