Because the Internet keeps movie trailers and news about movies targeted at culturally rich people hidden in the back pages of IndieWire and The Grey Poupon Facebook page (which will only allow you to “like” them if you meet certain criteria), I would not have noticed the trailer for A Late Quartet had my friend who runs the Portland Chamber Orchestra not posted it on Facebook (follow her on Twitter; it’ll make me look impressive!)
It stars exactly who you’d think would star in a movie about a string quartet: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Christopher Walken. Also, because orchestra members have a secret juvenile sense of humor, it also stars Imogen Poots. What’s it about? Competing egos and insuppressible lust, of course, because that’s what you think when you think about classical musicians. At least if you’ve seen The Money Pit.
It’s the perfect movie after an afternoon of apple picking and a few hours browsing at your local independent bookseller.