Watch: First Trailer For 'A Late Quartet' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener & More

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by Oliver Lyttelton
September 10, 2012 1:00 PM
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"A Late Quartet"
The world of classical music isn't one that's explored often in the movies, but when it is, it can often prove prime awards territory -- think of "Amadeus" or "Shine," which each featured composers and musicians, and which each picked up Oscars (or in the case of the former, several) for their trouble. And that certainly seems to be the hope of Yaron Zilberman's drama "A Late Quartet," which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight.

The feature debut of award-winning documentarian Zilberman, the film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken and Mark Ivanir ("Schindler's List") as the members of a world-renowned string quartet whose lives are turned into turmoil when their first cellist (Walken) is diagnosed with Parkinson's and announces his retirement. And ahead of the trailer, and the film's release in November, distributors eOne have just unveiled a trailer for the film.

As you might imagine with a cast like this (which also includes Imogen Poots as Hoffman and Keener's daughter), it certainly looks like a showcase for the actors, with all involved looking like they get some meaty stuff to get their teeth into, particularly Walken on unusually normal-person form -- between this and "Seven Psychopaths," he seems to have the best material he's had in a while. And the New York locations look suitably picturesque. 

We have to confess that we find it hard to shake the feeling that this feels like something that would be written by a screenwriter character in a Woody Allen film, but we're still keen to see how the film is received in Toronto, and we'd pretty much pay to see these actors in anything, so we're far from writing it off. "A Late Quartet" goes into release on November 2nd.

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5 Comments

  • Svetly | September 12, 2012 3:36 PMReply

    Even in the photo you used it's seen very clearly that Mr Walken's instrument is cello :)

  • jingmei | September 11, 2012 12:47 AMReply

    This seems a very emotions-under-the-peace-surface hit, I could feel the strugglings of the characters. Love it.

  • WRT | September 10, 2012 6:56 PMReply

    I think the clip released earlier this week and this trailer look fantastic. This is now definitely amongst my most anticipated films of the fall

  • McKenzie | September 10, 2012 6:42 PMReply

    This kind of makes me nervous. I love everyone involved, but films about music often overdo the "music as metaphor" thing. I'm a composer and find that movies about the creative process are often best left being about writers because writers actually understand that particular medium's struggle. However, the dynamics between classical musicians are super fascinating and there is a lot to explore there. And...I would pretty much be happy to hear Hoffman/Keener/Walken read chapters of Twilight so this could be awesome.

  • Karsten | September 10, 2012 1:59 PMReply

    Walken seems to be the cellist.

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