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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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Pamela Quinn ...
Parkinson's Class Instructor
Brooklyn Parkinson Group ...
Parkinson's Class Participants
Cristian Puig ...
Flamenco Guitarist
Rebeca Tomas ...
Flamenco Dancer
Megan McQuillan ...
Sotheby's Executive
David Redden ...
Auctioneer
Ted Hartley ...
Winning Bidder
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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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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

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Drama | Music

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

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23 November 2012 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

A búcsúkoncert  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$1,561,577 (USA) (8 March 2013)
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Ethan Hawke was originally cast but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

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Daniel discusses with Alexandra how the smallest difference in horse hair can change the timbre of the violin and he pronounces it as tim-ber instead of the correct pronunciation as tam-ber. See more »

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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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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Skyfall (2012) See more »

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The Blue Danube (main theme)
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss II)
Performed by Mark Steinberg
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Nonsense
23 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most reviews of "A Late Quartet" are nonsense. Don't see this movie if you expect to better your understanding of Beethoven's last compositions. Don't see this film if you expect to listen to his Opus 131 uncut. Don't see this film if you have a hyper-sensitivity to melodrama. This film isn't in the least a melodrama even if, thank goodness, it is far less heady than anything Henry James or Jane Austen might have created.

What "A Late Quartet" is is a simple psychodrama that happens to deal with the lives of performing artists in New York, New York, a particularly artistic milieu. Are artists sometimes conflicted? Do they experience loss? Do they love? Do they debate whether instinct or methodical behavior yields the better result? Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

The story line is interesting enough, the acting is first-rate, the direction is tops from the top dog to the second assistant viola instructor of Ms. Keener. We liked the film, which was apparently a big-budget production. That's a shame, because, judging from the box office numbers, it may never cover its costs.

Go see it.


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