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The Same Only Different

Two movies with much in common: “Amour,” and “Quartet.” Both are about aging musicians who centered their lives on their careers. Both contain remarkable performances; and both are beautifully directed. But there similarities end.

“Quartet” takes place at Beecham House, a cozily elegant English retirement home for aging musicians modeled on Casa di Riposo per Musicisti, the musicians’ retirement home outside Milan founded by Giuseppe Verdi and his wife. Fittingly, the movie centers on Beecham’s annual fundraising concert held on Verdi’s birthday.

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