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Rated R · 105 min. · 2012


Christopher Walken plays Peter, a cellist who is the widowed and eldest member of a world-renowne classical music ensemble approaching its 25th anniversary. Unfortunately, Peter learns he's in the early stages of Parkinson's disease, and things start to unravel when he announces his illness to the rest of the quartet. Second-chair violinist Robert (Philip Seymour Hoffman) declares that he and Daniel (Mark Ivanir), the quartet's first-chair violinist and fanatical leader, should alternate the lead position. When Robert urges Daniel to stop being so anal and embrace his passion, he takes this as a cue to start a romance with Alexandra (Imogen Poots), a young, bitter, aspiring violinist. The twist? She's Robert's daughter with Juliette (Catherine Keener), the quartet's emotionally torn violist, who is forced to make tough decisions once her husband makes a gravely bad call. A rigid, silent tension looms throughout Quartet, which makes you wish it were more than the melodramatic chamber piece it turns out to be.

See our full review: Christopher Walken ends career in <i>Late Quartet</i>

Christopher Walken ends career in Late Quartet

For a movie about smart, sophisticated folk, starring actors I would gladly see in anything, these people do pull off some simple-minded, soap-operaish shit. »

Official Site: www.alatequartet.com
Director: Yaron Zilberman
Writer: Seth Grossman and Yaron Zilberman
Producer: Vanessa Coifman, David Faigenblum, Emanuel Michael, Tamar Sela and Mandy Tagger
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Imogen Poots, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Wallace Shawn, Mark Ivanir, Madhur Jaffrey, Liraz Charhi, Marty Krzywonos and Megan McQuillan

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