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A Late Quartet

4

Not the Dustin Hoffman movie

Not to be confused with Dustin Hoffman’s similarly-monikered Quartet, Yaron Zilberman’s understated coming-of-old-age drama is a less cosy affair, pivoting on the knotty relationships between the members of a renowned string quartet.

The group begins to fracture after their beloved cellist Peter (Christopher Walken) announces his intention to retire following a recent Parkinson’s diagnosis. 

 

As unresolved tensions bubble up, Zilberman steers a tightly constructed emotional path that’s stirring but never sentimental.

 

Throughout, classical music is variously– and shrewdly – used as dialogue, exposition and character development.

 

A simple but surprising gem.

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