Septuagenarian Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with Quartet
, a slight but immensely charming romantic comedy that is perfectly performed by a regal cast headlined by Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, and Pauline Collins. Oscar-winning screenwriter Ronald Harwood (The Pianist
) adapted his 1999 play, which was inspired by Tosca’s Kiss
, a 1984 documentary about a home for retired opera singers in Milan. In Quartet
, the setting is Beecham House, an opulent English estate that is home to Britain’s finest retired opera singers and musicians. Beecham’s residents are a spry, if aged, bunch. They may no longer be young, but th...