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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.

Director:

Yaron Zilberman

Writers:

Seth Grossman (screenplay), Yaron Zilberman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Keener ... Juliette Gelbart
Christopher Walken ... Peter Mitchell
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Robert Gelbart
Mark Ivanir ... Daniel Lerner
Imogen Poots ... Alexandra Gelbart
Madhur Jaffrey ... Dr. Nadir
Liraz Charhi ... Pilar
Wallace Shawn ... Gideon Rosen
Pamela Quinn Pamela Quinn ... Parkinson's Class Instructor
Brooklyn Parkinson Group Brooklyn Parkinson Group ... Parkinson's Class Participants
Cristian Puig Cristian Puig ... Flamenco Guitarist
Rebeca Tomas Rebeca Tomas ... Flamenco Dancer
Megan McQuillan ... Sotheby's Executive
David Redden David Redden ... Auctioneer
Ted Hartley Ted Hartley ... Winning Bidder
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2012 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A búcsúkoncert See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,279, 4 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,561,577, 10 March 2013
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Catherine Keener said about Christopher Walken's role in the film and the way the other actors related to him: "He is the man. He's 'the dad.' And if dad is cool and feeling good today, we all feel good. We truly hated to disappoint him. We were always happy to see him. We wanted his approval. All of those things." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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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Referenced in Umi yori mo mada fukaku (2016) See more »

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Salty Air
Written by Jonathan Dagan
Performed by j.viewz
Courtesy of j.viewz
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Too Good to be Lost Among Holiday Blockbusters
29 December 2012 | by joeanealSee all my reviews

I have recently been diagnosed as having Parkinson's and this movie was recommended by another person with Parkinson's. I went to the movie to see if I could relate to what was going on. I was blown away by the music, the script,the settings and the performances musical or acting. To go to this movie and miss the whole tragedy of all in the movie is to miss the obvious.

It isn't about how good the music was played, whether the movie portrayed realism in human interaction, not the obvious flaws of the individuals, nor the film making's errors. To me it was all this as a whole, absolutely faultless in combining the plot with subplots, the tensions, the love, and the compassion of great artists doing what they loved playing wonderfully well.

I have to wonder where the criticism comes from other reviewers. Is it their perfectionist expectations, or is it from a lowered self esteem brought about by never achieving their dreams. And the script was a reflection of their anger.

And, although Parkinson's was part of the plot it was handled in a very thoughtful way. I would be happy if my whole family would go to the movie to see just the way a person so afflicted has to hold their cup with two hands to keep from spilling their drink. And, because it is a well made wonderful movie filled with enjoyment. Only two people left the movie house before the credit were finished.


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