A Late Quartet

The Globe & Mail - 3*

And we thought they didn’t make them like this any more: a film in which character is drama. In the middle of their 25th season, the four members of an illustrious string quartet – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir and Christopher Walken – face personal and professional challenges that threaten every part of their lives. Though the stakes are high, the volume is pitched just right: The film and the performances retain a quiet, forceful elegance that’s perfectly in keeping with the Beethoven they’re playing. Walken, playing against type as the warm-hearted leader of the group, is an especial pleasure. JS