Quartet is the story of a love quadrangle between a complicated young West Indian woman named Marya (played by Isabelle Adjani), her husband Stefan (Anthony Higgins), a manipulative English art patron named Heidler (Alan Bates), and his painter wife Lois (Maggie Smith).
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the best ivory-merchant production/ although the sense of place and time is pitchperfect as usual, isabelle and maggie crush ivory's adaptation patterns with their subtly hysterical acting and turn the story of 20s literal decadence into something vague and individualistically scary with no universal message/in one word sublime
Unfortunately nothing really works in this film for me. It is hard to feel with any of the characters. Adjani tries hard to make her bumpy ride believable. Still enjoyable to watch the actors in outbursts of passion.