11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
"A Late Quartet" (77 min.) brings the score of the movie by Angelo Badalamenti, who is best known for his work for David Lynch (can anyone forget his memorable theme of "Twin Peaks?), along with other assorted music. The first 15 tracks of this soundtrack are the incidental music from Angelo Badalamenti, mostly shorter pieces in the 2 min. range, and they are understated but exquisite. The final 7 tracks bring Beethoven's Opus 131 for string quartet (which is one of the main topics of the movie) in its entirety, played by the Brentano String Quartet, and it sounds brilliant. At 77 min., this CD brings you about as much music onto a single CD that you can get, and it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
While we're at it, let me also give you my review of the movie (the DVD hasn't been listed yet on Amazon for reasons unclear to me). "A Late Quartet" (105 min.) brings the story of the (fictional) "Fugue String Quartet", portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman as Robert, Christopher Walken as Peter, Catherine Keener as Juliette (wife of Robert) and Marc Ivanir as Daniel. As the movie begins, we learn that Peter has the beginnings of Parkinson's disease and possibly the end of his musical career. Peter contemplates a replacement so as to assure the contunity of the quartet. Robert at that point voices his long-held frustration of "just" being second violinist and would like to share first chair with Daniel, much to Daniel's dismay. Robert and Juliette get into a huge argument about it and when he feels like she doesn't "have his back", Robert has a ill-fated affair with a younger woman. Juliette finds out and promply kicks him out of the house. Meanwhile Daniel fall for the charms of Alexandra (daughter of Robert and Juliette). At this point we are about half-way into the movie. Will Peter recover from his illness to bring one last live performance? Will Robert and Juliette reunite? Is Daniel's relationship with Alexandra doomed? Will the Fugue String Quartet survive? To tell you more would ruin your viewind experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. Several comments: the acting performances are ACE throughout this movie, none more so that from Philip Seymore Hoffman as the wounded husband and frustrated musician, and in my book better than his much hyped performance in "The Master" earlier this year. But check out also Christopher Walken as he stares into his mortality, just superb. If you don't care much for classical music, save yourself the trouble as classical music is front and center throughout this movie. Bottom line, I enjoyed this movie both for the music and the acting performances. "A Late Quartet" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2013
As other reviewers have said here, the soundtrack is excellent and brings back emotional memories of a uniquely sensitive film. If you get a chance to get the dvd, don't pass it up. The film touches on several difficult subjects: ego vs. talent, passion vs. ethics, self vs. team, etc. and does it in a very believable way. The acting is superbly natural. Worth seeing - and the soundtrack is worth playing over and over again.