“A Late Quartet” is the story of a group of four musicians, a world-famous quartet, struggling to remain united in the face of death, pride and unfulfilled desires involved. The drama directed by Yaron Zilberman includes pieces from Beethoven’s opera, which surely will delight the lovers of classical music.
Others will notice similarities between a quartet of classical music and a rock band, as pressures from global tournaments, expectations fans each musician’s artistic ambitions are the same regardless of the kind discussed. For 25 years the four of cvartert have been each other and family and closest friends, while trying to appear every time the public as the best, as well as a fresh breeze, although the repertoire was unchanged.
Cellist Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken) is the leader of a quartet for many years walking around the world giving concerts of classical music fan. When Peter learns that Parkinson’s patient, he realizes that the days when you could touch the strings and bow accurately, without shaking hands, are numbered. Therefore announces its three fellow musicians that will mark the beginning of the new season and withdrawal from the scene. The news given by Peter destabilize and challenge the relationships between all four musicians: Daniel Lerner (Mark Ivanir), who is first violin, Robert Gelbart (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who is second fiddle and wife of the second, Juliette (Catherine Keener), who plays at viola.
Opinions are divided: some believe that the desire of Peter withdrawal must be respected, especially since he, friend, mentor and former professor of the quartet, lost his wife a year ago, others believe that Peter gives prior weather. Robert, who has not played much of a violin score first and he is considering leaving the quartet, but Daniel – first violin – assures that he could not sing without him, and his wife, Juliette warns that his personal ambitions not should divide what they built so many years. The film was part of the Toronto International Festival (held September 6 to 16) and will come into U.S. cinemas on November 2 this year.