One Films, an up and coming indie distributor that is getting a lot of play lately, just released the trailer for A Late Quartet which just premiered at TIFF. Not to be confused with Quartet, which will also debut at TIFF and is Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut about a group of aging opera singers, A Late Quartet stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener so it could be about a group of people reading the phone book and you know you’re going to get great performances.
Here’s what it’s actually about:
A Late Quartet tells the story of a beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet who receives a life changing diagnosis, the group’s future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions, competing egos, and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration. As they are about to play their 25th anniversary concert, quite possibly their last, only their intimate bond and the power of music can preserve their legacy. Inspired by and structured around Beethoven’s Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, A Late Quartet pays homage to chamber music and the cultural world of New York.
I've read two wildly divergent reviews. You're either going to respond to a quiet melodrama about classical musicians or you're going to think it's dull, sentimental claptrap. Both agreed the acting was superb, though.
Starring Hoffman, Walken, Keener, Mark Ivanir and Imogen Poots, A Late Quartet opens in UStheaters on November 2. Check out the trailer: