ⓘ Madame Sousatzka


ⓘ Madame Sousatzka

Madame Sousatzka is a 1988 British drama film directed by John Schlesinger, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. It is based upon the novel of the same name by Bernice Rubens.


1. Plot synopsis

Bengali immigrant Sushila Sen Shabana Azmi lives in London with her son Manek Navin Chowdhry who is musically gifted. She supports them both as a caterer of Indian food, while Manek studies the piano with Madame Sousatzka Shirley MacLaine, who is a Russian-American immigrant. Madame Sousatzka, while highly talented, never succeeded as a pianist and thus lives through her students, particularly talented ones such as Manek. Manek is soon forced to choose between Madame Sousatzka and his mother, who both compete for his attention.


2. Cast

  • Lee Montague as Vincent Pick
  • Shirley MacLaine as Madame Sousatzka
  • Navin Chowdhry as Manek
  • Robert Rietty as Leo Milev
  • Peggy Ashcroft as Lady Emily
  • Shabana Azmi as Sushila
  • Leigh Lawson as Ronnie
  • Twiggy as Jenny

3. Availability

The film was released in U.S. theaters on 14 October 1988. Some time after its theatrical run, the movie was released on videocassette by MCA Home Video in 1989. The movie was released on DVD in the U.S. by Universal Studios Home Entertainment under their Vault Series banner on 28 August 2014.

A region 2 DVD was released by Network in 2007 catalogue nr. 7952723. The extras are a trailer and some production stills.