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Director  Yaron Zilberman
Initial DVD release  February 5, 2013 (USA)
Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Music
Music director  Angelo Badalamenti
Country  United States
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Release date  September 10, 2012 (2012-09-10) (TIFF) November 2, 2012 (2012-11-02)
Writer  Seth Grossman (screenplay), Yaron Zilberman (screenplay), Yaron Zilberman (story)
Cast  Philip Seymour Hoffman (Robert), Christopher Walken (Peter Mitchell), Imogen Poots (Alexandra Gelbart), Catherine Keener (Juliette Gelbart), Wallace Shawn (Gideon Rosen), Mark Ivanir (Daniel Lerner)
Similar movies  Christopher Walken appears in A Late Quartet and The Comfort of Strangers
Tagline  No arrangement is more beautiful...or more complicated.

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A Late Quartet (released in Australia as Performance) is a 2012 American film co-written, with Seth Grossman, and directed by Yaron Zilberman starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir and Imogen Poots. The film premiered in the Special Presentation program at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was theatrically released in over 30 countries. It was a New York Times Critics' Pick which Stephen Holden called a magnificently acted, "deeply felt, musically savvy film". Rolling Stone's Peter Travers called it "a shining gem of a movie" and Roger Ebert said "it does one of the most interesting things any film can do. It shows how skilled professionals work." On Walken's performance, Lou Lumenick of the New York Post said "you won't see a better piece of acting this year than his final speech."


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Inspired by and structured around Beethoven's Op. 131, the film follows the world-renowned Fugue String Quartet after its cellist Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken) is diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Cinematographer Frederick Elmes lensed the film and composer Angelo Badalamenti composed the score for the film. The Brentano String Quartet played the quartet music for the soundtrack and Anne Sofie von Otter appears as the cellist's late wife, singing Korngold's "Marietta's Song" from Die tote Stadt.

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As the Fugue String quartet approaches its 25th anniversary, the onset of a debilitating illness to cellist Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken), forces its members to reevaluate their relationships. After being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Peter announces his decision to play one final concert before he retires. Meanwhile the second violinist, Robert (Philip Seymour Hoffman), voices his desire to alternate the first violinist role, long held by Daniel (Mark Ivanir). Robert is married to Juliette (Catherine Keener), the viola player of the group. Upon discovering Juliette does not support him in this matter, Robert has a one-night stand. Further complicating matters, their daughter, Alexandra (Imogen Poots), begins an affair with Daniel, whom her mother once pined for. Yet bound together by their years of collaboration, the quartet will search for a fitting farewell to their shared passion of music and perhaps even a new beginning.


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  • Philip Seymour Hoffman as Robert Gelbart
  • Christopher Walken as Peter Mitchell
  • Catherine Keener as Juliette Gelbart
  • Mark Ivanir as Daniel Lerner
  • Imogen Poots as Alexandra Gelbart
  • Anne Sofie von Otter as Miriam
  • Madhur Jaffrey as Dr. Nadir
  • Liraz Charhi as Pilar
  • Wallace Shawn as Gideon Rosen
  • Nina Lee (of the Brentano String Quartet) as herself, in the closing scene
  • Adaptation from source material

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    The scene in which Peter Mitchell tells his music class an anecdote about meeting Pablo Casals is adapted from an anecdote found in Cellist, the autobiography of cellist Gregor Piatigorsky; the circumstances of the encounter and the pieces played are changed in the film, but Casals's words are essentially identical to those recounted by Piatigorsky.

    The subway poetry the Little Girl reads from when Juliette visits Peter is from Ogden Nash's poem "Old Men".


  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131, performed by the Brentano String Quartet
  • Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 5 in F minor, 3rd movement, performed by the Brentano String Quartet
  • Uri Caine: "City Nights", performed by Uri Caine
  • Cristian Puig: "Bulerias Del Encuentro" (flamenco), performed by Cristian Puig and Rebeca Tomas
  • Pablo de Sarasate: "Zigeunerweisen", Op. 20, performed by Mark Steinberg
  • Jonathan Dagan: "Salty Air" (from Rivers and Homes), performed by j.viewz
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010, performed by Nina Lee (Brentano String Quartet)
  • Erich Korngold: "Marietta's Song" from Die tote Stadt, performed by Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano), Bengt Forsberg (piano), Kjell Lysell and Ulf Forsberg (violins), Nils-Erik Sparf (viola), Mats Lidström (cello)
  • Reception

    A Late Quartet received generally positive reviews, currently holding a 78% "fresh" rating based on 108 critics from Rotten Tomatoes and a 85% from Top Critics.


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