A Late Quartet

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US Distributor:
RKO Pictures / eOne
UK Distributor:
Artificial Eye
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Running Time:
105 mins.
Yaron Zilberman
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Mark Ivanir, Imogen Poots
Tamar Sela, David Faigenblum, Vanessa Coifman, Mandy Tagger, Emanuel Michael

Writers: Seth Grossman, Yaron Zilberman

DoP: Frederick Elmes

Editor: Yuval Shar

Production Designer: John Kasarda

Costume Designer: Joe Aulisi

The four members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust.

Set in iconic New York City, this is the story of four musicians, bound together by their passion for music and long years of working together. But when their patriarch Peter is diagnosed with a terminal illness, the repercussions hit the group deeper than they could imagine. First and second violinists Robert and Daniel row over first chair, Robert and violist Juliette's marriage hits the rocks when he has an affair, and their headstrong daughter embarks on her own explosive affair - with Daniel.

As their 25th anniversary performance looms, the musicians must either find a way to overcome their troubles, and preserve their legacy - or part ways forever.

'A skillfully performed drama' - VARIETY

'Smart, intelligent and moving performances by the leading foursome' - SCREEN DAILY

Christopher Walken has made so many movies playing psychos and weirdos, he can't remember half of them. But in his latest film, A Late Quartet, he's been cast against type as a cellist with Parkinson's. He says why he'd be happier playing it...

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Christopher Walken in A Late Quartet

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Rating: 4/5

There is nothing batter when a group of super talented actors come together and show that they really are at the top of their game.

And that is exactly what has happened with A Late Quartet - a movie about families,...

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A Late Quartet is one of the week's most unexpected pleasures. What could have been a TV movie is actually a heartfelt, intelligent, unassumingly well-constructed picture about a musician who has been diagnosed in the early stages of Parkinson's...

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The Strings Play On; The Bonds Tear Apart

By Stephen Holden

Highbrows with their heads in the clouds have libidos too, along with towering egos. You have only to observe the members of the fictional Fugue String...

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One of the year’s most affecting performances is given by Christopher Walken, who takes a break from the likes of “Seven Psychopaths” to play a classical cellist stricken with Parkinson’s disease in the superb...

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By Peter Travers

Grace notes abound in A Late Quartet, a small, shining gem of a movie that works its way into your heart with insinuating potency of music. The Fugue, a New York-based chamber quartet, is facing a crisis. At the start of...

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By Mick LaSalle

Four sedate, super-civilized musicians are thrown into a pressure cooker in "A Late Quartet," a drama whose measured veneer gives way to memorable and explosive moments. There are movies that seduce major actors with the...

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By Roger Ebert

In the 25th year of their career together, a famous string quartet receives some devastating news. Peter, their cellist, has been diagnosed in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. This bombshell interrupts the steady...

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By Andreas Wiseman

Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Imogen Poots are among cast.

UK distributor Artificial Eye picked up Yaron Zilberman’s drama A Late Quartet from WestEnd Films soon after its world...

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Decca Music will release a soundtrack album for the indie drama A Late Quartet. The album features the film’s music composed by Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet) and Beethoven’s Opus 131 performed by the Brentano String Quartet, which...

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An Entertainment One/RKO Pictures release of a RKO Pictures presentation of an Opening Night production in association with Concept Entertainment, Spring Pictures, Unison Films. (International sales: WestEnd Films, London.) Produced by Vanessa...

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By Dan Fainaru

In some quarters, Yaron Zilberman’s debut film will be considered too civilized, too tame and too well behaved for its own good, a criticism that is not entirely unjustified. Zilberman, previously known for his award-winning...

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The Globe & Mail - 3*

And we thought they didn’t make them like this any more: a film in which character is drama. In the middle of their 25th season, the four members of an illustrious string quartet – Philip Seymour Hoffman,...

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The world of classical music isn't one that's explored often in the movies, but when it is, it can often prove prime awards territory -- think of "Amadeus" or "Shine," which each featured composers and musicians, and which each picked up Oscars (...

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'A Late Quartet' set in string ensemble makes some noise

LONDON -- A drama set in the world of string quartets from a director making his feature debut may have seemed an unlikely candidate to draw significant attention...

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TORONTO -- RKO and eOne Films have set the U.S. release date for "A Late Quartet" for Nov. 2, it was announced Thursday.
"Quartet," which follows members of a famous string ensemble on the eve of their 25th anniversary, will open in L.A....

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They're among a slew of celebs expected to turn out for the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, which just unveiled its lineup today. E! News takes...

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London-based sales outfit WestEnd is introducing a new project A Late Quartet to buyers at the EFM.

The film, directed by Yaron Zilberman, has an eyecatching ensemble cast led by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener...

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Release information

US Distributor

Release Date:
2nd November 2012

UK Distributor

Artificial Eye
Release Date:
5th April 2013


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