A Late Quartet

A Late Quartet

DVD - 2012
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A powerful story that blends raw emotion with fiery passion to form an unforgettable cinematic masterpiece. After 25 years together, the members of a world-renowned string quartet learn that their beloved cellist may soon be forced to retire. But the news stirs up equally painful challenges when competing egos, harbored resentment, and irrepressible lust threaten to derail the group as they struggle to maintain harmony in their music, and their lives.
Publisher: [Canada] : Mongrel Media, 2012
Branch Call Number: LAT
Characteristics: 1 dvd (105 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm


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Jan 26, 2020

Yaron Zilberman takes a pretty ho-hum tale and makes it even more lifeless. If Todd Solondz had directed , it might have been something else: Hoffman could have reprised his part in "Happiness" as an obscene phone caller, Christopher Walken could have played a person who likes to dress up as a Nazi and be whipped by a dominatrix (here Catherine Keener) and Mark Ivanir as a Central Park flasher who latches on to a dominatrix in training (Imogen Poots) - who (of course) is being trained by her mother.
Imogen Poots - crazy name, crazy girl.

Jun 03, 2019

Wow, what a great movie. If you are a fan of any of the main characters, (or all of them!) you will appreciate their performances as nuanced and at times understated which masks their real pain. All four members of the quartet go through their own personal crisis, precipitated by a change in health of one. A good study of subverting resentments and feelings for years for the 'greater good' only to have them eventually come to a head.

Sep 13, 2018

Stunning meditation on art and love, exquisite script and performances -- particularly Walken and Hoffman. Not to mention the Beethoven.

LPL_TriciaK Jul 13, 2018

An intense and satisfying film, if you are interested in complicated characters and relationships. As others have noted, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, and Catherine Keener give great performances. Highly recommended!

blueberrymouse Dec 06, 2015

An interesting look into what a serious musician's life is like. The stress and hardships that are needed to succeed.

Nov 02, 2015

This truly is a small gem. All the actors were good, but Philiip Seymour Hoffman is always outstanding.

Jul 03, 2015

This is a 2012 American drama directed by Yaron Zilberman.
It is an emotionally-charged, engaging and powerful drama.
It is a must-see for music lovers.

Dec 31, 2014

After 25 successful years together, the aging members of a famous string quartet are facing their biggest challenge; the moral backbone of the group, cellist Peter Mitchell, is retiring for medical reasons. In the void left by his pending departure the remaining three members find themselves at odds with one another as egos clash, jealousies are laid bare, and forgotten passions resurface. Phillip Seymour Hoffman provides the emotional fireworks and Christopher Walken keeps things grounded while the rest of the cast struggle to keep up. However, despite all its sound and fury, Quartet winds up being little more than a tepid soap opera hinging on a flimsy musical metaphor. But the score was nice.

Nov 21, 2014

Slow moving? Classical music, especially string quartets, is slow moving for sure. But contrary to one comment, great acting does make for a great movie. At least, we think so.

Oct 16, 2014

Great acting can’t save this movie. This is a solid drama. Very slow, predictable and boring. Don’t bother.

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