After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath and her young daughter, Flora, are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man named Alisdair Stewart. Making little attempt to warm up to Alisdair, Ada soon becomes intrigued by his Maori-friendly acquaintance, George Baines, leading to tense, life-altering conflicts.
Plot Keywords: love triangle, adultery, sexuality, jealousy, beach, culture clash, isolation, strangeness, violent husband, new zealand, maori, arranged marriage, settler, wilderness, secret love, mute, playing piano, woman director, sign languages, piano, 19th century, severed finger, mother daughter relationship
|Production Companies||New South Wales Film & Television Office, Jan Chapman Productions, Australian Film Commission, CiBy 2000|
|Production Countries||New Zealand, Australia, France|