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QUARTET (eOne, 2012) D: Dustin Hoffman, w/ Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay. Rating: NNNN; Blu-ray package: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Don't confuse Quartet with the recent A Late Quartet. Both are about musicians, beautifully made and very moving, but they tell very different stories.
In Quartet, three opera singers (Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins) living in a retirement home for musicians are happily rehearsing for the annual fundraising concert when a fourth singer (Maggie Smith) moves in unannounced. She's the ex-wife of one of the men, and there's much bitterness.
Music is everywhere in Quartet. Someone is always singing or playing on screen or nearby. This imbues the gliding camera and the cast's light-handed approach to comedy and drama with an airy energy and an immense amount of charm.
Director Dustin Hoffman tells us about that onscreen music and what it did to the shoot in a commentary well worth a listen for his unique perspective on actors.
EXTRAS Commentary, six making-of mini-docs. English, French audio and subtitles.