Madame Sousatzka, Shirley MacLaine’s Golden Globe winning performance was matched by India’s gorgeous star actress, Shabana Azmi’s as Sushila Sen. MacLaine’s part is that of a reputably in high demand local piano teacher who takes younger piano prodigies to the brink of their entrance into public performances. Then, the big name men piano professors get a stronghold on them. Madame Sousatzka remains in the shadows as the one who truly molded them into great musical performers.
It’s interesting that India’s Shabana Azmi is hardly even mentioned as a best supporting actress though her part was to be the mother of one such piano prodigy who Sousatzka molded. A mother who baked & baked to earn the money for her son’s piano lessons.
The plot, director, acting, actors, music, sets, lighting, editing & costumes are all very well done. In a world where every other word has to be bleeped because it’s cursing, this film is refreshing and suitable to hold the interest of refined adults & children, especially ones interested in musical careers.