When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet is diagnosed with a life threatening illness, the group’s future suddenly hangs in the balance as suppressed emotions, competing egos and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration…
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There is poignancy here but it is all but suffocated under a mess of trite inauthentic contrived sometimes embarrassingly bad plot devices made more onerous by heavy handed uneven direction. The only words uttered by any of the characters which touched me in a true core way was Robert's appeal to his wife to come clean as to whether she had ever loved him which went nowhere. 2/5
For lack of a more inherently strong word, "A Late Quartet" is a brilliant picture in all possible ways. The acting is as close to life as could be possible through a motion picture, which is why the crux of the film (its humanity, its sadness, and the flaws of human beings) hits home so much with me. The cinematography is gorgeous, and the relationship circle is quite intensely unique. A must watch film.
Melodramatic script sinks this film which considering the cast assembled should have been sublime. A long running string quartet of some fame must suddenly deal with the onset of Parkinsons in one; the breakdown of a marriage between two others; and the inapproriate may/december romance between the fourth and the daughter of the battling couple. This is the stuff of pure soap opera. Keener miscast and Poots awful.