Music never sounded so sad and beautiful at the same time with this new movie, A Late Quartet. A film set in New York City, it revolves around the story of four amazing musicians who are bound by their passion for music and the years that they’ve put in to work with each other. Starring Christopher Walken as Peter Mitchell , the patriarch of the group who is diagnosed with a terminal condition starts a repercussion in the members and their journey in life. Robert Gelbart (played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and Daniel Lerner (Mark Ivanir) who happens to be the first and second violinists are now vying to get the first chair. During this time Robert’s marriage and family life is also taking a downward spiral when his marriage with violist Juliette (played by Catherine Keener) breaks apart due to his infidelity. A Late Quartet will show the world the pain in these trying times and how we can rise above them. The group must now work together to be able to leave a legacy that is both beautiful and inspiring. Let’s check out the latest news on this upcoming drama movie: A Late Quartet
“A Late Quartet: A Moving Film With Memorable Actors
The Fugue is a world-famous New York-based string chamber quartet. Cellist Peter (Christopher Walken), the eldest member of the group, has been having trouble with his hands so he sees a doctor and finds out that he is in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. Convinced that this progressive disease will have dire effect on the music this consummate professional promises to retire and locate a suitable replacement.
The shocking news rocks the quartet who are about to celebrate 25 years of playing together. Robert (Philip Seymour Hoffman) sees this impending change as the perfect time for him to move beyond his position as second violin to alternate with Daniel (Mark Ivanir). His idea does not fare well with Daniel, a perfectionist who sees himself as a true virtuoso. Robert’s wife Juliette (Catherine Keener) who plays the viola, finds herself against her husband’s suggestion.
Writer and director Yaron Zilberman, along with co-writer Seth Grossman, has fashioned an emotionally riveting drama revolving around the difficulties that come with change. Can the rigorous discipline needed by the quartet survive? At their final performance together they choose to perform Beethoven’s 13th Quartet, his Opus 131. The degree of difficulty in this composition lies in the composer’s instructions that it be played “attacca,” without a pause between its seven movements.
Meanwhile, the members of the ensemble keep having emotional outbursts. Feeling shamed by his wife’s refusal to see him on the same level as Daniel, Robert has sex with a seductive flamenco dancer he often jogs with in the park. After finding out about the tryst, Juliette orders him to move out. On a visit to see their daughter Alexandra (Imogen Poots), a gifted violinist herself who is taking lessons from Daniel, Juliette is accused of being a terrible mother, more interested in music than in a loving relationship with her daughter.”
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A Late Quartet is going to be released in cinemas on November 2nd 2012 and is directed by Yaron Zilberman.
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