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Film review

‘Quartet’ a moving, respectful tale of aging

From left, Billy Connolly, Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay and Pauline Collins star in “Quartet,” directed by Dustin Hoffman.
From left, Billy Connolly, Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay and Pauline Collins star in “Quartet,” directed by Dustin Hoffman.
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Dustin Hoffman’s directing bow at 75 finds a perfect match in the well-heeled subject of “Quartet,” a charming tale of aging musicians whose passion for life continues undiminished in a stately English manor filled with humor, caring and, of course, great music. This optimistic fairy tale about aging and the continuing possibilities it offers for emotional satisfaction should strike the fancy of older audiences who turned the British indie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” into ...


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