Performance

Review: Performance

freshdude
By freshdude
19 Apr 13

The film's original title is "A Late Quartet" but was renamed "Performance" for the Australian and NZ market to avoid confusion with Dustin Hoffman's "Quartet". Funnily enough, both films have the same score on Rotten tomatoes, and "Performance" wins by 0,1 on IMDB. A celebrated string quartet finds itself at a crossroads and in danger of disintegration after its eldest member announces his retirement due to a sudden health crisis. It doesn't sound all that exciting, I admit. But with the perfect cast and the weaving of love, ambition, and family tensions into a story makes for a satisfying smart film (and naturally set to a perfect classical soundtrack). A special mention for Christopher Walken, who reminds us here that his acting range goes well beyond the crazy bad guy we have seen him play so much of late. "Performance" relies on the interplay of great actors and an intelligent script (maybe a little "over the top" at times) to deliver an emotionally resonant and redemptive tale about life, adversity and the importance of compromise and collaboration in a group setting.
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