GRAND PIANO (Fantastic Fest Austin Texas USA 2013)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

Grand Piano starts slowly. Watch for an interesting impression in the beginning scenes where Elijah Wood profiles in a doorway as a younger version of Alfred Hitchcock before proceeding to the piano.  By the time he seats himself and commences the beginning notes of his assigned piece, one begins thinking this film is definitely worth a bag of popcorn. When Elijah Wood hears John Cusack, as the character Clem, tell him what to do, the movie turns into one of most intense thrillers on today’s market. The realism of the film is irreproachable.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood), a professional piano player, left public performance 5 years ago after making a mistake on “La Cinquette,” a difficult score often called unplayable. When he is asked to perform in Chicago, he finds himself under threat to play “La Cinquette” flawlessly to protect himself and his wife from murder.

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Eugenio Mira for his directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Mercedes Gamero, Mikel Lejarza, Myles Nestel, and Núria Valls for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Clem (John Cusack), Emma Selznick (Kerry Bishé), Ashley (Tamsin Egerton), Wayne (Allen Leech), Norman Reisinger (Don McManus), Assistant (Alex Winter), A & V Interviewer (Dee Wallace), Janitor (Jim Arnold), and Patrick Godureaux (Jack Taylor).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. It’s a freshly done thriller.

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