A Late Quartet
When beloved cellist Peter Mitchell gets Parkinson's disease the future of a world famous quartet is suddenly hanging by a thread. Suppressed emotions, strong egos and passions surface, threatening their friendship and cooperation. Second violinist Robert Gelbart aspires to get the place as first violinist. When neither the first violinist Daniel Lerner or Robert's wife Juliette, who plays viola in the ensemble, support him, he begins an affair with another woman. Daniel, for his part, begins a relationship with Robert and Juliette's daughter Alexandra, whom he gives violin lessons. When the quartet is going to perform the jubilee concert to celebrate their 25th season, perhaps their last, only the power and joy of music have the ability to unite them. Inspired by Beethoven's Opus 131 in C minor A Late Quartet pays tribute to musical and cultural New York. The music in the film is performed by Brentanokvartetten.