A celebrated New York string quartet begin to experience cracks in their harmonious relationship when one of their members falls ill and tensions rise to the surface in Yaron Zilberman’s superb drama ‘A Late Quartet’.
Manhattan-based string quartet The Fugue are thrown into disarray on the eve of their 26th season together when cellist Peter (Christopher Walken) announces to the group that he has developed the early stages of Parkinson’s disease and may not be able to play with them for much longer. As his colleagues reel from this shocking news it isn’t long before both personal and professional issues threaten to tear them apart. Violinist Robert (Philip Seymour Hoffman) becomes embroiled in a bitter rivalry with first violinist Daniel (Mark Ivanir) over first-chair even as his marriage to violist Juliette (Catherine Keener) begins to implode.
Set against a wintry New York backdrop ‘A Late Quartet’ offers a fascinating insight into the world of chamber music, emphasizing how a close relationship between all four members is important in order to create perfect harmony together. As heartbreak and egotism threaten to destroy this once harmonious group Zilberman’s film becomes a compelling drama, boasting exceptional performances from its A-list cast.
‘A Late Quartet’ will be screened at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Wednesday, October 16th at 8pm. Tickets: €9 (€7 concession - €5 Film Club members). For more information please call the box office on 0504 90204 or visit www.thesourceartscentre.ie.