January 29, 2013

A Late Quartet (2012)

A Late Quartet (2012)
Directed by: Yaron Zilberman
Country: USA

Review: After almost 25 years playing together, the Fugue String Quartet starts to rehearsal for the new season, but this time it won’t be as tranquil as before. The problems start when Peter (Christopher Walken) is diagnosed with Parkinson and ponders to leave. Robert (Seymour Hoffman) and Juliette (Catherine Keener) are facing problems in their marriage, while Daniel (Mark Ivanir) is accused of being the group’s manipulator and rigid in his musical processes. To aggravate the situation, he starts a relationship with the daughter of his colleagues. The situations were addressed in a serious way, conveying realism and authenticity, yet some of them have a tendency for melodramatic. If at least Yaron Zilberman had avoided this aspect, the film would become even more inviting. Fortunately, this predisposition for sadness didn’t remove the warmness and human side shown on every relationship and performance.

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