In The Piano (1993), Ada and Baine have a conversation like this:

Baine: How many would that be?

Baine: Yes. Ten keys.

And then both make love with each other.

What is the meaning of this conversation before making love?


Ada buys back the piano one key at a time by playing for him. Making love to him counts for ten times playing for him. At this point the relation between Ada and Baine is highly asymmetric: Baine desires Ada, Ada desires her piano. Only later does Ada fall in love with Baine.

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