DVD & Blu-ray review: A Late Quartet (15)

Yaron Zilberman DVD/Blu-ray (106mins)

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While his contemporaries languish in dismal comedies (De Niro) and lame thrillers (Pacino), Christopher Walken continues to challenge himself and improves with age. Here he plays Peter, a cellist whose been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and must retire. His fellow musicians, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir, start to seriously unravel (affairs, break-ups and punch-ups) now that their bedrock and mentor, Peter, is leaving. An understated, beautifully acted chamber piece.