Movies allow for a minimalist acting approach where the slightest movement of a performer’s eye or the briefest of hand gestures can carry a powerful emotional wallop. Yaron Zilberman casts his fiction feature debut, A Late Quartet
, with peerless actors, then smartly sits back and lets them bring out the nuances of their characters.
The movie concerns the members of a successful classical string quartet who are just beginning rehearsals for the beginning of their 25th season. Cellist Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken), the eldest member of the group by a couple of decades, discovers early in the film that he has developed Parkinson’s disease, a situati...