A Late Quartet

A Late Quartet

DVD - 2013
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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.

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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.

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talktimereader
Nov 02, 2015

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

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akirakato
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.

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Nursebob
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.

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johnjsampson
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.

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0cho
Oct 16, 2014

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

gramercygal Jun 18, 2014

Not a simple movie ... slow at times ... but characters are deep and complicated. I chose this movie because it had PSH in it ... but all the actors were excellent, especially Christopher Walken. Not a usual roll for him ... he surprised me.

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strider643
May 22, 2014

This is a really dry, dull and boring movie. Predictable and makes great music insipid. Not recommended.

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22950011317518
Apr 22, 2014

I like the actors in this movie so I was up to check it out.
What a wonderful movie!!!!!!!!
It has twists and turns. It shows aspect of a music world not often shown.
I highly recommend it.

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BertBailey
Feb 22, 2014

‘A Late Quartet,’ is part of a Philip Seymour Hoffman rampage I’ve been on since his passing a few weeks ago. Tonight this was it. About a string quartet ensemble approaching their 25th-anniversary celebration, yet things of great moment (Parkinson's, affairs and infidelities) intrude and threaten to break them up. PSH, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener (who you've no doubt seen in a few things), portray strongly-etched characters while making the most of a fair script and the author's not overcooked sense of melodrama. Snippets from all of the no less than seven movements of Ludwig vanB's op 121 quartet infuse the movie nearly throughout. (A work, by the by, that it impoverishes anyone not to know - as much as unfamiliarity with Rembrandt's self-portraits or the works of Leonardo, Gaudí or Picasso would.) Even with only a marginally weightier role and a script that never quite sparkles, what most impresses is Seymour Hoffman: his range, shown with every new character, is astonishing. He inhabits so very well every hat he puts on, from shy and bumbling (‘Jack Goes Boating’) to arrogant and disdainful (‘The Incredible Mr Ripley’), while here he plays an ambiguous artist who I’m guessing is deeply insecure, and as deeply love with his woman. The plot of The Master was crowded with hypnotists and motivator-type Americans, earlier this century, but it interested me little. God knows how it will turn out later tonight, with Charlie Wilson's War. Apart from his astonishing debut in ‘The ...Mr Ripley,’ Hoffman’s best vehicle, to me, remains ‘Before the Devil Knows You're Dead,’ with Ethan Hawke and Marisa Tomei at her most delicious. Of course to sum up what he does in three or four words is silly: my characterization of him in ‘Jack Goes Boating’ would as easily fit Jerry Lewis, but what PSH does is just galaxies away. Galaxies. What a loss.

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