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A Late Quartet (2012)

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Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust.



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After a classical string quartet's 25 years of success, Peter, the cellist and oldest member, decides that he must retire when he learns he has Parkinson's Disease. For the others, that announcement proves a catalyst for letting their hidden resentments come to the surface while the married members' daughter has disruptive desires of her own. All this threatens to tear the group apart even as they are famous for playing Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14, opus 131, a piece that is played non-stop no matter how life interferes. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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No arrangement is more beautiful...or more complicated.


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 November 2012 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

A búcsúkoncert  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$75,279 (USA) (2 November 2012)


$1,561,577 (USA) (8 March 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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The concert scene in the film is played at the Grace Rainey Hall at the Metropolitan Museum - the same stage where the legendary Guarneri String Quartet played their farewell concert after 45 years of playing together. See more »


While the quartet is assembling to practice in the beginning of the movie, Daniel is asked to give a first violinist a listen, Daniel says he will. He looks to Juliette, who agrees that's a good idea. She is shown with her bow at waist height, but in the next shot she is holding it in front of her face. See more »


[first lines]
Peter Mitchell: Time present and time past are both perhaps present in time future, and time future contained in time past. If all time is eternally present, all time is unredeemable. Or say that the end precedes the beginning, and the end and the beginning were always there before the beginning and after the end. And all is always now.
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The Blue Danube (main theme)
Written by Johann Strauß (as Johann Strauss II)
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527th Review: Very intelligent and lovely in so many ways, apart from an overworked plot....
28 January 2013 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

A Late Quartet is a beautiful film in so many ways - what is has to say about music and aging, about the pure satisfaction of devoting oneself to an academic, intellectual life - and the sheer effort required to be great at anything, let alone great at a classical instrument is sincere and rings true. Morevover, the acting from the ensemble and the cinematography are exemplary.

I loved this film in so many ways - but while conflict is necessary for any plot, here the multiple conflicts end up feeling a little improbable and manufactured and I just could not quite accept it all as one package.

Having said that this was still one of the most enjoyable dramas I've seen in a while - it's a great topic with a great cast (and a great soundtrack) and well worth your time if you're in the mood for something more thoughtful.

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Just saw this moviewhich of the cast had played their instruments before dlkbc
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poor rating from bad acting cerealcinema
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