Monday, 29 April 2013

London Film Festival 2012: Dustin Hoffman's Quartet, review -

The actual story feels faintly beside the point, except as an excuse for Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins to trade barbs and reap their standing ovations, while supplying subtler, more bittersweet notes about the pathos of reaching a career's end. As the four members of a once-celebrated operatic ensemble, they're reunited when Smith joins the other three at an enviably plush retirement home for musicians (played by Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire). There's a lot of blood under the bridge, especially between Smith's Jean and Courtenay's Reg, who were once married for a split second, and persuading these two to let bygones rest for the annual concert is rendered especially hard by the old feelings that rear up.

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