Synopsis by Jason Buchanan
An aging piano instructor who specializes in educating society's worst offenders finds that her latest student may be her most difficult project to date despite the violent young femme's status as a former piano prodigy in director Chris Kraus' tale of redemption through music. Eighty-year-old Traude Krueger (Monika Bleibtreu) has been teaching piano at a women's prison in Luckau, Germany since World War II, but a recent bid to bring a new concert piano into the jailhouse has nearly cost the well-intending octogenarian her job. Jenny (Hannah Herzsprung) is a newly arrived inmate who was once a piano prodigy before falling into a harrowing cycle of violence and crime. Regarded as the worst of the worst by the system, Jenny behaves like a caged animal, constantly waiting for the right moment to pounce. Though Jenny may appear fierce on the outside, she still possesses the skills of a great musician...but can a cold-hearted killer truly be trained to play some of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed? When the determined Traude enters Jenny into a prestigious piano contest under the assumption that the once-promising musician can suppress her violent instincts long enough to recapture the promise of her youth, the aging teacher find herself faced with the most dangerous, but potentially rewarding, project of her career.