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Quartet 2012

Beecham House is a retirement home with a difference: it specifically caters for former artistes including one-time opera singers Cissy, Reginald and Wilf. Once part of a quartet, the three still take part in an annual concert to celebrate the birthday of composer Giuseppe Verdi.

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Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay
Runtime:
1 hour, 38 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Dustin Hoffman
Starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay
Supporting actors Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon, Sheridan Smith, Andrew Sachs, Gwyneth Jones, Trevor Peacock, David Ryall, Michael Byrne, Ronnie Fox, Patricia Loveland, Eline Powell, Luke Newberry, Shola Adewusi, Jumayn Hunter, Aleksandra Duczmal, Denis Khoroshko, Sarah Crowden
Studio Momentum Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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The story of a retirement home for aged musicians who put on a gala performance show each year to contribute to keeping the home open. Their next show must raise more money as economic times harden. When the famous embittered diva Jean Thornton (Maggie Smith) arrives, then who better as a draw card? But she must be first persuaded to break her vow of never singing again to perform, in a Quartet - Rigoletto - "Bella figlia dell'amore".

The cast reads like a who's who of well known ageing British actors. Nevertheless, a good story line, differentiated characters and Dustin Hoffman has done a fine job of the direction.

The story itself is a delightful cheeky whimsical look at saying farewell to past glory and living with the reality of being over the hill. Some rather touching insights into failings of health with the onset of age, but not in the least depressing. The genre put me in mind of the movie, `The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'. If you enjoyed that, then you'll enjoy this.

As should be expected from such an exulted cast the standard of acting is excellent, though dare I say, typecast... The story line doesn't take itself too seriously and the humour is nicely calculated to add to, rather than detract from, the drama.

The plot is somewhat predictable but, who cares when the characters are so endearing and/or irascible!

When we saw the movie, the average age of the audience matched those of the cast! But it was a sign of the success of the film that no one wished to depart the auditorium until the final strains of lovely music, and credits, had died away.

Maybe a little corny for some, but we thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Age related yes, depressing a most definite NO. I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely film which was so sensitively handled by Dustin Hoffman with a wonderful cast to work with. The acting was superb and the inclusion of bygone musicians as "extras" was a brilliant idea and lovely to have them in the credits too. There was definitely a feelgood factor and I want to see it again.
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This film is full of aged but non the less fantastic British Actors and performers lead by Tom Courtney, Billy Connelly, Pauline Collins who are retired opera singers living in a retirement home for retired musicians. They are asked to re group to perform together at the homes gala concert, along comes Jean Horton, played by the superb Maggie Smith the newest resident to the home (and 4th member of the quartet) ex wife of Reggie (Tom Courtney).

With plenty of great acting and a gentle story with a few giggles along the way this film is a must!
I am only in my 30s and adored it but it may not be every younger persons cup of tea.
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You only have to look at the Cast to see what acting genius's we have in this film. They do not let us down. It is a really feel good film that has us in laughter, tears, and the stars give totally realistic performances.

To see Billy Connelly without his trademark locks and beard makes you wonder what is coming, but one soon learns that Dustin Hoffman has used his strength (hhis humour) to full advantage, albeit slightly more refined but with the notable twinkle in his eye.

Tom Courtney reigns supreme as does Maggie Smith, their story is a story within a story. Pauline Collins gives a stirling performance as someone who is suffering from dementia. Trevor Peacock, Michael Gambon...the list goes on.

As an opera fan I loved the music however friends who were privalged with me to see a preview of this film also loved the music. We all came out smiling.

This is Dustin Hoffman's first film as a director and what a fine one it is.

Anyone who loved The Marigold Hotel will want this in their library.
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Format: Blu-ray
I went to see this last night at the cinema. Yes it is set in a home for retired musicians and most if them are old luvvies but it is a beautiful exploration of lost opportunities.

One reviewer said there was no plot other than "will they sing the Quartet?" Not sure how that conclusion was reached as there was a substantial plot exploring the consequences of jumping to conclusions about the behaviour of those we love and living the rest of your life with regrets. There was a second exploration too of living by the criticsm of others and the decision not to do things because of such critics.

"Aging isn't for sissies" is another theme as we see the frustrations and difficulties confronted by people who still have talents and a real zest for life. Pauline Collins deserves particular praise for her brave portrayal of someone confronting intermittent dementia.

The musicians throughout the film were on fire and gave genuinely heartfelt perfomances as both musicians and acting ... I even recognised some of them from their "glory days".

Well worth an hour and a half of your life.
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At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean Horton (Maggie Smith), a long retired opera singer and the former wife of one of the residents, Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay).

Genial springs to mind. Quartet is neither as funny or as emotionally striking as it really should be. Given a cast headed by Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins and Michael Gambon, the film, though undeniably warm at heart and pulsing with graceful old age beats, strangely has to rely on light entertainment brought out by Connolly's randy old man act and Collins' "genteel" dementia!

Director Dustin Hoffman, for his first big screen directing appointment, inches things along at a leisurely pace, and the strong cast respond with good performances; even if they are hardly challenged by a script and screenplay (Ronald Harwood) that is going only one way. It's perhaps unfair to compare it to the far superior The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel from 2011? But it is kind of a marker for how such material should be handled, not least because it has surprises and a polish missing from Hoffman's production.

Does it cheer come the end credits? Yes of course, it's a film purely prescribed as medicine to uplift those in the twilight of their lives or those who believe in second chances. But in this case the simplicity on offer is a waste and it very much comes out as safe film making by all involved. 6.5/10
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