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
Methodically crafted, visually sober and musically sublime, Zilberman's feature debut is a hidden gem about the wonders of minimalistic filmmaking with towering performances, a strong script and powerful metaphors about life through music.
A famed string quartet finds themselves facing the end of their 25 year partnership when their eldest member (Christopher Walken) discovers he has Parkinson's Disease. This revelation sets off a chain reaction, revealing unrest that has been simmering beneath the surface for years. Fine performances (especially by Walken) and some nice character moments, but ultimately a bit flat.
Extra star for the incredibly well acted parts, but I couldn't get a bead on it. I'm a string player, and I still having trouble relating to it. To many threads maybe? Too outside of my reality? I don't know. I'm not disappointed that I watched, but I regret not turning it off 45 minutes in and just revelled in Hoffman's performance up to that point.
A Late Quartet brings two of my favorite actors together Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken. The movie is about the members of the Fugue String quartet. As they approach their 25th anniversary the cellist (Walken) is diagnosed with parkinson’s and might be playing his last performance. Will they play a final one together as the relations between the members intertwine and bring forth undiscussed past
Well...this one was ALL OVER THE PLACE. Too many plots split between drama, melodrama and some disastrous comedic timing. Sharp dialogues with great, great performances marred by schizophrenic directing and tone. There was a great movie somewhere around here without the daughter. The last 15 minutes was all kinds of wonderful, though.
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.