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A Late Quartet

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A Late Quartet

Yaron Zilberman (2012)

101min
15 Certificate
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Documentarist Yaron Zilberman makes a steady move to fiction with this subtly observed drama about a string quartet experiencing discord after 25 years of harmony. Christopher Walken plays Peter, a famed cellist who sparks the unrest with his decision to retire after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. This prompts second violinist Robert (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to jostle for position with first violinist Daniel (Mark Ivanir) while Daniel has his eye on Robert's daughter, Alexandra (Imogen Poots). Catherine Keener is viola player Juliette, the girl's mother and Robert's wife, who is criticised by both for neglecting their needs. Essentially, this is a highbrow soap opera, but it's impeccably acted and filled with glorious music by Beethoven, Haydn and Bach. Zilberman's shrewd contrasts between the foursome's personal and professional problems, and insights into the commitment and collaboration required for great art also ensure that it's constantly engaging.

Summary

The oldest member of a string quartet announces he is retiring due to ill health. His decision leads to hidden resentments among the others erupting, threatening to destroy years of friendship and artistry. Meanwhile, the teenage daughter of two of the musicians harbours secret desires for one of their colleagues. Drama, starring Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener.

Cast & Crew

Robert Gelbart Philip Seymour Hoffman
Daniel Lerner Mark Ivanir
Peter Mitchell Christopher Walken
Juliette Gelbart Catherine Keener
Alexandra Gelbart Imogen Poots
Pilar Liraz Charhi
Dr Nadir Madhur Jaffrey
Miriam Anne Sofie von Otter
Gideon Rosen Wallace Shawn
Nina Lee Nina Lee
Brenda Megan McQuillan
Director Yaron Zilberman
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Artificial Eye Guidance: Swearing, a sex scene, nudity. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 5 Apr 2013

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