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” Quartet” a film not to be missed

On a rare trip to the cinema, I went to see ” Quartet”, released today and directed by Dustin Hoffman. I loved very minute of it and although my fiends either side of me didn’t know,  I  was in tears for most of the last half hour.

Here is the official synopsis for the film:

Lifelong friends Wilf and Reggie, together with former colleague Cissy, are residents of Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers. Every year on Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday, the residents unite to give a concert to raise funds for their home. But when Jean Horton, a former grande dame of the opera fallen on hard times, also Reggie’s ex-wife and the fourth and most celebrated member of their former quartet, moves into the home to everyone’s surprise, the plans for this year’s concert start to unravel.

As old grudges threaten to undermine past glories and theatrical temperaments play havoc with the rehearsal schedule, it becomes apparent that having four of the finest singers in English operatic history under one roof offers no guarantee that the show will go on.


It is funny, beautifully acted ( cant get enough of Dame Maggie!) and offers us a tender story of how older people  can find love, deep friendship and be highly creative. I was expecting at least one or two of the residents to die at some point, but everyone stayed alive even if a bit frail mentally or physically and the end was so sweet! The setting ( not sure where it was) was visually pleasing to  the eye and many of the characters had been professional singers in real life. 

I thoroughly recommend going to see Quartet whatever age you are. 

January 1, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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