Performance (A Late Quartet) Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Performance (A Late Quartet)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Sex scenes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Classical drama of a quartet falling out of tune with one another.

  • Starring:

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Mark Ivanir, Imogen Poots, Wallace Shawn, Madhur Jaffrey, Liraz Charhi

  • Directed by:

    Yaron Zilberman

  • Running time:

    105 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    Faces get slapped. A man punches another man. People yell, argue.


    A man kisses/nuzzles his wife. A married man has sex with another woman (obvious sexual movements and noises are heard). An older man and a young girl kiss passionately then have sex. Friends and couples kiss affectionately. Nudity: A woman's back and bottom are seen. A man is seen in the shower (the shower curtain obscures his nudity).


    Alcohol (champagne, wine, spirits). A man sorts medication and takes (legal) dopamine.


    F-words, s-words, sexual innuendo, religious exclamations.


    Hierarchy, loyalty, infidelity, excellence, precision, ego, passion, relationships, betrayal, jealousy, bonding, bad timing, consequences.


    Wintry NYC setting. Head x-rays are seen. Blood sample, MRI, Parkinson's disease discussed. Horses, horse-hair. A deceased wife is frequently mentioned (photos of her and a mirage are seen). Abortion is mentioned. Foot massage. One high camera angle from a building roof-top showing street-view below. Also known as A Late Quartet.


    Strong performances from an exceptional cast. Plenty of screen time is given to the actors playing their musical instruments (convincingly). Beautiful cinematography. A real sense of emotion and conflict is conveyed.


    The coincidence of so much drama occurring to the group all at once (after twenty-five years of friendship) is a little unlikely. Could do with an injection of humour to lighten things up.

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