Title: A Late Quartet
Director: Yaron Zilberman
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Robert Gelbart (second violin), Christopher Walken as Peter Mitchell (cello), Catherine Keener as Juliette Gelbart (viola), Mark Ivanir as Daniel Lerner (first violin), Imogen Poots as Alexandra Gelbart, Wallace Shawn as Gideon Rosen, Anne Sofie von Otter as Miriam, Nina Lee (of the Brentano Quartet) as herself
Country of Origin: USA
This is a beautiful drama centred around the world of music, in particular a string quartet who have been playing together for a quarter of a century. The cellist, much older than the other three, gets Parkinson’s Disease and the dynamics of the established quartet are rocked.
The movie makes use of some lovely chamber music played by the Brentano String Quartet and especially, Beethoven’s Op. 131 – his “Late Quartet”. Other pieces are 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 (sv) (viola), Mats Lidström (cello)/
The music is lovely, but it is the dramatic dynamics which make this movie fabulous.