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Quartet

Quartet

A Feature film by James Ivory

Release in France : 20/05/1981

    Synopsis

    It's 1927 Paris. Following the conviction of her art dealer husband, Stephan Zelli (Anthony Higgins), for theft for which he was handed a one-year prison sentence, Marya Zelli (Isabelle Adjani), originally from West India, moves in with her acquaintances, expatriate Brits H.J. (Sir Alan Bates) and Lois Heidler (Dame Maggie Smith). Marya knows that H.J. in particular has more in mind than just providing her lodging out of the goodness of his heart. From behind bars, Stephan encourages Marya to move in with them, not knowing H.J.'s intentions. Marya agrees in part because she, being a foreigner, cannot get work and would thus become destitute otherwise. She learns she is the latest in a long line of lodgers. She also learns that H.J. and Lois' marriage is not all that it appears on the surface. The Heidler's hold on Marya becomes stronger when they convince her that Stephan not only has no money, but has no future in France after his release. Their collective lives become more complicated when Stephan is released from jail and tries to figure out what he's going to do with his life to regain the high standard of living to which he became accustomed.

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    Actors (25)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Co-production :

    Lyric International

    French distribution :

    Gaumont

    Foreign production company :

    Merchant Ivory Productions UK

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Full credits (15)

    Executive Producer :

    Jean-Pierre Mahot

    Foreign Producer :

    Ismail Merchant

    Associate Producer :

    Humbert Balsan

    Line Producer :

    Hubert Niogret

    Director of Photography :

    Pierre Lhomme

    Assistant Operator :

    Jean-Yves Le Poulain

    Production Manager :

    Alain Depardieu

    Music Composer :

    Richard Robbins

    Assistant Director :

    Hugues de Laugardière

    Author of original work :

    Jean Rhys

    Sound Recordist :

    Bernard Bats

    Screenwriters :

    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, James Ivory

    Sound Assistant :

    Michel Kharat

    Camera Operator :

    Philippe Brun

    Editor :

    Humphrey Dixon

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    Great Britain, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unspecified

    Production year :

    1981

    French release :

    20/05/1981

    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    53291

    Visa issue date :

    15/05/1981

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Color type :

    Color

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Selections

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1981

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1981)

    Selection

    Official Competition

    Awards