A Late Quartet
- 1 hr 45 min
A Late Quartet is an American drama movie that was written by Seth Grossman and Yaron Zilberman, who also directed. The film features music that was played by the Brentano String Quartet, particularly Beethoven's Op. 131. The cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman as Robert, Christopher Walken as Peter Mitchell, Imogen Poots as Alexandra Gelbart, Catherine Keener as Juliette Gelbart, Mark Ivanir as Daniel Lerner and Wallace Shawn as Gideon Rosen. The story follows The Fugue string quartet, who have become a very famous and successful. They have been playing together around 25 years. The quartet consists of first violinist and perfectionist, Daniel (played by Mark Ivanir), second violinist and slightly disillusioned member, Robert (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman), Juliette (played by Catherine Keener), his wife on viola who resists change, and their college professor and cellist Peter (played by Christopher Walken). Alexandra (played by Imogen Poots) is Robert and Juliette’s college age daughter who is a violin impresario, having grown up in her parent’s shadow of acclaim. Every character has a very deep commitment and bond with each other and to their music. Just prior to when The Fugue’s 25th season is to begin, Peter receives a diagnosis of early Parkinson’s disease. Since this will effectively end his ability to play the cello on a permanent basis, the quartet will need to change considerably. Robert has always longed to be in a position to play first violin and also resents the fact that Juliette and Daniel believe that he would not be capable of it. After tutoring Alexandra, Daniel begins to have a romantic involvement with her and this puts him in a very uncomfortable situation with her parents - who are also at odds. For Peter, the result of his inability to play the cello have an extraordinary negative impact upon his life and he spends a great deal of time coping with the situation.