Friday, February 22, 2013

Performance (A late quartet)

Director: Yaron Zilberman

Starring: Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Ivanir

The fallout following the announced retirement of ageing cellist Peter (Christopher Walken) from a world-famous string quartet forms the basis of the movie. Upended at the prospect, fellow musicians Juliette (Catherine Keener), her husband Robert (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Daniel ( Mark Ivanir) begin to come unstuck. As long-buried resentments and desires rush to the surface can the ensemble set aside their conflicts and come together to play for their 25th anniversary concert? Well you need to see the movie to discover that but there are some good performances from the cast although the movie is rather clich├ęd. The score is however quite outstanding and was inspired by Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor.

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