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Quartet

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1981
  • James Ivory
  • 96 mins
  • X

Summary

Marya Zelli finds herself penniless after her art dealer husband, Stephan, is convicted of theft. Marya accepts the hospitality of a strange couple, H.J. and Lois Heidler, who lets her live in their house.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Based on the novel by Jean Rhys, this is a typically classy piece of film-making from director James Ivory. In 1920s Paris, Isabelle Adjani takes refuge with married couple Alan Bates and Maggie Smith after her husband (Anthony Higgins) is jailed. She eventually submits to the advances of Bates at the expense of his rather sad bullied wife, as the film explores with subtlety an upper-class lifestyle beset with moral corruption. It was sadly not as successful or lauded as Ivory's later EM Forster adaptations, A Room with a View and Howards End, but it's worth a look nevertheless.

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Credits

Cast

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Marya ZelliIsabelle Adjani
Stephan ZelliAnthony Higgins
Lois HeidlerMaggie Smith
H J HeidlerAlan Bates
Theo the pornographerPierre Clémenti
Pierre SchlamovitzDaniel Mesguich

Crew

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DirectorJames Ivory

Details

Languages
English | French
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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