A Late Quartet - Toronto baits the Oscar hook

by Lou Lumenick

TORONTO — Many actors over the decades have received Oscar nominations playing characters with disabilities — and some have even won. There was no shortage of fine performances in those roles at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Oscar winner Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”) could well be nominated for his moving, cast-against-type work as a cellist with Parkinson’s disease in “A Late Quartet”’ (Nov. 2), who tries to persuade the other ensemble members — Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir — to stick together despite escalating personal clashes played out on the Upper West Side.

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