Quartet (♦♦♦♦)

In a house for retired musicians, egos collide and sometimes talents join forces for a worthy cause. Divas of both sexes in the house share a common goal: keeping Giuseppe Verdi’s music alive.

I really liked this movie. It is produced and wonderfully directed by Dustin Hoffman. It is also masterfully acted by Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins and Michael Gambon.

It seems to me that the most audacious and clever movies lately are being directed by actors; that’s certainly the case with George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Ben Affleck and finally Dustin Hoffman has joined the list.

Quartet is a movie full of great classical music and not so classical but equally beautiful as well. The humor is adult and naughty but in no way crude or over the top. It is a movie to enjoy as a celebration of life, good music and growing old, because only those who die young or before their time don’t get to do the latter. Also, Quartet is about second chances after mistakes that may cost someone the love of one’s life; thus it also a celebration of love in old age, of finding comfort in the familiar.

Quartet is the first movie that I have enjoyed this year. It took me a while to watch it since I’ve been prioritizing the films that were in contention for the Oscars but I finally realized there are too many bad movies out there not to take a chance watching this one. I’m glad to say thank goodness I did! Quartet is a breath of fresh air.