The story about the Japanese classical pianist Eriko Makimura. The film conveys the ways in which a female classical pianist from Japan has been shaped, through force, public humiliation and an endless sea of loneliness. The piano simultaneously became her executioner and her savior. It is a film about the clash between classical music and personal performance, as a counter-reaction to the world that Eriko came to be a part of since she was only two years old, and on which she has not had much influence herself. It is about the meeting of two cultures: the Japanese from which Eriko originates, and the Scandinavian, in which Eriko finds the freedom and open minds that she has been longing for ever since she was a child. The film is a rare look into what goes on behind the facade of a pianist-perfection impersonated in a human – a human, who suffers from severe scars on her soul. It depicts the necessity of a tremendous detour in order to find her way back to her passion for performing classical concerts again.
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