DVD Review: Quartet (+trailer)

By Craig Nicholson

If you loved The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, you'll definitely be interested in this title.

Quartet has a similar flavour and warmth and features an ageing cast who look at life from a different perspective.

The cast brings a brand of humour that will particularly appeal to older viewers.

Quartet is set in a home for retired musicians.

The one bond that links the characters is a love of music and performing, as they spent their working lives in the entertainment industry.

Each year the residents dust off their instruments and vocal chords to put on a fundraising show.

All seems to be going to plan until the sudden arrival of Jean Horton (Maggie Smith), the former wife of Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay) and a huge star in her own right.

Her presence causes excitement and angst. Her ego seems a little too big for this retirement home.

With Wilf (Billy Connolly) and Cissy (Pauline Collins) trying to smooth the way, everyone knows they need to get Jean singing in the show if they want it to be the huge success they need it to be.

Without trying, the characters show us what it means to grow old and how life can change so dramatically.

But Wilf shows us how a sense of humour and youthful vitality can make all the difference.


(M) Paramount

Rating: 3.5 / 5


- Hamilton News

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