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A Late Quartet, directed by Yaron Zilberman 

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3 out of 4 stars

Title
A Late Quartet
Directed by
Yaron Zilberman
Starring
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir and Christopher Walken
Genre
Drama
Country
USA

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.

At VIFF: Oct. 4, 9 p.m., Granville 3; Oct. 7, 9 p.m., Granville 3

At TIFF: Sept. 10, 6 p.m., Elgin; Sept. 12, 5 p.m., Scotiabank.

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