A Late Quartet details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Imogen Poots, Catherine Keener, Wallace Shawn, Mark Ivanir, Madhur Jaffrey, Liraz Charhi, Marty Krzywonos, Megan Mcquillan|
|Studio:||FUSION MEDIA SALES|
|Collections:||July - Comedy/Drama|
A Late Quartet
|Run time:||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||29 Jul 2013|
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Passionate and melancholyBy adeling (27 reviews) from Lancing, England , 11 Apr 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]A thoughful drama about dedicating your life to a passion and then coming to terms with meeting the end of that life, or coming to terms with regretting a life's work. It's a moving and melancholy work and worth watching if you're after a challenging and thought-provoking movie.
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Highly strungBy Oldbloke (349 reviews) from Sidmouth , 30 Nov 2013The future of a successful string quartet is threatened when the cellist shows the early signs of Parkinsons, the marriage of two others starts to fall apart and the perfectionist lead violin embarks on a affair with their daughter. Despite the stellar acting, this felt too fraught and dramatic for the sedate world of classical music. Given the obvious tensions within the group, how had they managed to tour the world for 25 years without any problem. The answer seems to come at the end when the thrill of performance and love of their art provides a rousing finish.
A serious but fundamentally flawed filmBy CharlieLew (17 reviews) from London , 21 Nov 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis is a strange film. In fact, it seems to be two films. The first is a serious and thoughtful treatment of how advancing age and infirmity can put an end to a performing musical career, involved in classical music of the most profound and sober sort, namely Beethoven's late quartets. This aspect of the film is totally engrossing. But the other aspect of the film is trivial and far from engrossing. Beware SPOILER! The second aspect is played out at the soap opera level. The film could be taken seriously up to and including the point where the older musician, faced with Parkinson's diseases, said that he would have to retire but had found a replacement cellist. But the soap opera aspects, all quite unconvincing, thereafter brought the film down to the muddy earth with a loud thud. First, the second violinist started moaning about how much he wanted to be a first violinist and so share that role with the leader of the quartet. Second, that same second violinist, rebuffed, went out to have sex with a young girl about half his age. Third, his daughter, aged, I think, about 17, decided to seduce her tutor, the lead violinist of the group (yes, really!). Meanwhile her mother kicked her father out of the house because of his one night dalliance. And so on. The young girl was a totally unbelievable character. She began by being ridiculously arrogant towards all and sundry, including her anally retentive and highly uninteresting tutor (he was more than twice her age). When her mother was about to discover them in bed, the daughter was laughing heartily, treating it as a great joke. Then she was hurling abuse at her mother for not having been around when she was a child. The following day in a complete volte face, the daughter soberly announced to the tutor that she was not going to continue with their affair. All so silly and unbelievable. The whole thing became a total soap opera, and not a good one at that. What a shame!
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No guns, No car chases Just Good ActingBy a customer , 20 Nov 2013The director let's the actors ply there trade which they do well. Touching story set around a classical quartet. The plot is not complicated but flows allowing the scenes to unfold to conclusion.
Disappointing FilmBy a customer , 13 Nov 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI was looking forward to seeing this film but I am afraid we stopped it half an hour in. It just seemed to be taking so long to get going. Sorry.
Excellent, thought provoking movieBy lizzielovesfilm (12 reviews) from Hampton , 03 Nov 2013I loved this movie. Nothing surprising in the story line but great performances especially from Christopher Walken and loved the interaction between the characters. The concept of dedicating your life to something and the result of your decisions plus how life can come back and bite you is so well explored. Really enjoyed this.