Written October 21, 2014
What a joy to see a movie NOT filled with violence and special effects... This one is a gem, dealing with the realities of aging, but done with humor and sensitivity. Many involved in the productions were professional singers themselves at one time. Make sure and stay for the credits where they show pictures of these in their prime, and what they were know for.
Written February 10, 2013
This is a glorious movie with absolutely lovely scenery and cinematography, gorgeous music, great humor and dialogue, a good old fashioned story with actual plot and a happy ending! What more could you want. Okay, cheaper popcorn but that isn't going to happen. I 'm not sure young people would enjoy this as much as older folks but it goes to the matter of being an oldster.
Dustin Hoffman has always acted in great movies now he has produced and directed one too!
Written January 27, 2013
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.
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 September 28, 2014
Yes, of course I was going to see a film about aging opera singers, ESPECIALLY with the cast in this film. Seriously? Maggie Smith? Tom Courtenay? Pauline Collins? Michael Gambon? And Billy Connolly???? They are very simply wonderful, the dynamics are irresistable (as is Billy Connolly, but I've always had a thing for baritones, and he nails the type brilliantly). This is a charming, quiet film which deserves more attention. The music is wonderful, and although none of the actors are actually singers (with the wonderful exception of Dame Gwyneth Jones!), the director has handled that very well. I highly recommend this film to anyone who loves opera, great acting, and a good story.