Erika Kohut is a piano teacher at the Vienna Conservatory. She is over forty years old and still lives with her old mom whose influence over Erika is strong. It's only when Erika gets away on her regular visits to porn movies and peep shows that her mum's influence seems to lessen. Her sexuality is a combination of morbid voyeurism and masochistic self-mutilation. Until one day, when one of her students gets obsessed with getting her in bed. Based on the novel The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek, Svenska Dagbladet's Jan Söderqvist wrote that the film "is beyond normal categories and grades. This is not a genre movie, which in any meaningful way can be compared to other more or less standardized entertainments on the repertoire. Surely this is not everyone's cup of tea; it is more like a bucket of ice cold water. "