Quartet (2012)

At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.

Cast: Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon, Sheridan Smith. Director: Dustin Hoffman (his first complete directorial effort).

  • Rated PG13
  • 98 minutes
  • BBC films

While QUARTET’S appeal is geared more toward the “Q-Tip” generation and those approaching that stage of life, it may still be entertaining for those younger folks who are curious about what’s ahead in life. While not quite as funny and enjoyable as THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (8 out of 10 stars at imdb for us), it held our attention and delivered a real punch at the end. The cast is grand and Hoffman’s direction is good; and even though it was like starring our mortality in the face, we found the movie encouraging and delightful. We gave it 7 out of 10 stars at imdb.

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