December 07 — December 13
A Late Quartet
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Unless otherwise noted, films begin on Friday and run through the next Thursday.
For over 40 years, talented character actor Christopher Walken has been the go-to guy whenever a movie needs a creepy character that can amuse viewers even while keeping us on edge. So it’s refreshing to see Walken in a role that requires humanity—and find that Walken does it extremely well. A Late Quartet, directed by Yaron Zilberman and co-written with Seth Grossman, gives Walken an opportunity to show facets of his persona that many viewers have never seen. He plays Peter Mitchell, cellist in a world-renowned string quartet. Before embarking on a 25th anniversary concert tour, Peter discovers that he has Parkinson’s disease. Realizing that he will soon lose the ability to play music, he urges the group to take on Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14, Opus 131—for those in the know, one of the most demanding pieces to play, allowing no breaks between movements and no opportunities to re-tune instruments during the performance. The other members of the quartet are Daniel Lerner (Mark Ivanir) and married couple Robert (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Juliette Gelbart (Catherine Keener). A Late Quartet doesn’t condescend to its characters: despite their egos, secret agendas, and betrayals, they are people we believe exist. The performances are exquisitely calibrated, making the question of whether or not this quartet can rise to the metaphoric challenge of Beethoven’s Opus 131—playing this breathtaking, ferociously-paced music one last time together while their hearts are breaking—the stuff of truly compelling drama. Just as Peter has always been the glue keeping the quartet together, Walken’s performance quietly commands the film, while generously allowing the other actors to shine. The result is a masterpiece in dramatic acting; a film whose grace, elegance, and passionate intensity match the tempestuous Opus 131 itself.
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