Written December 28, 2014
True, as older adults we like watching movies about a generation of people we can relate to and yes this was directed by actor Dustin Hoffman. Overall the movie is charming, but there was really not enough time used to explain the histories of the performers, build their characters or give them enough realistic time to reconnect. Nobody just starts talking as if they were back in the good old days without lots more tension and time to heal the wounds.
Also, quite frankly, I think it would have been far more realistic if he used actors who could really sing so seeing the Quartet actually perform would have made a major difference in the ending. Hearing the familiar voice of Pavrotti signing the quartet was distracting. And not seeing them sing made it fake. Also the soprano who did sing was quite obviously singing along to someone elses record. She could never have hit those high notes at her age. they could have taken the music orchestration down a scale to accommodate her.
Written November 30, 2014
outstanding ! but not for young people
Written August 03, 2015
What a rare pleasure these days: a fillm with first-rate acting, writing and direction, about actual people. The multi-generation gap between seniors and teenagers is played with complete respect for both - how often do we see that nowadays? The locale is a delight - I want to live in that house. And there's music everywhere, all the time. A first-rate chamber piece. Highly recommended.
Written October 21, 2014
The movie "Quartet" was a pleasure from beginning to end with touching and funny parts throughout . A lovely retirement home in a former manor house set in the English countryside whose residents just happened to have been some of England's finest musicians, vocal and instrumental, during their respective careers. The story included a long-lost love affair revived and confidence and love of their craft renewed. It was gratifying to witness the characters overcame their fear of growing old and not still being a star. Then seeing the pleasure brought about when they were able to celebrate the composer, the music, love and life as a retired person.
Loved it, loved it loved it! There is hope as we grow old and change.
We left the theater with a smile on our faced. Such a charming movie--great actors and performances.
Go see it, by all means! Very enjoyable and encouraging.
Written July 28, 2015
The performances of the actors in a British old age home for musicians are first rate and vividly portray the pathos of the sunset years of the elderly. Although the ending is uplifting, most of the movie is depressing and sad. Not because of the theme of living in the past when getting aged, but rather that the wounds and jealousies that plague our adulthood persist into old age when they shouldn't matter anymore. Dustin Hoffman does a great job of directing in his directorial debut, and the acting is first rate, but I found the movie to be mainly a downer.