The Last Good Time

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An elderly retired violinist befriends a troubled young woman in this touching, sensitively performed drama. Armin Mueller-Stahl stars as Joseph Kopple, a former professional musician who has withdrawn into a quiet life after the death of his wife. Remaining mostly isolated, Kopple stays at home, playing his violin in the evenings for entertainment. This routine is disrupted, however, when he witnesses a violent fight between his neighbor, Eddie (Adrian Pasdar), and his girlfriend Charlotte (Olivia d'Abo). Kopple takes an interest in the young woman, eventually taking her in when he learns that she has no place to stay. The gentle Kopple possesses a traditional, European restraint, while Charlotte is tough and jaded. Nevertheless, the two soon become close companions, sharing their pain and finding unexpected solace in each other. Director Bob Balaban uses his acting background to draw strong performances from his cast, particularly Mueller-Stahl, whose sensitive portrayal of Kopple proves the film's greatest asset. Despite the potentially sentimental subject matter, these performances ensure that the film presents a believably complex and affecting portrayal of the feelings surrounding old age.


Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Joseph Kopple
Lionel Stander
as Howard Singer
Olivia d'Abo
as Charlotte Zwicki
Molly Powell
as Dorothy
Jody Wilson
as Mrs. Wilder
Beatrice Winde
as Nurse Westman
Burt Harris
as Supermarket Manager
Ken Simmons
as Bartender
Gino Lucci
as Bus Driver
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Armin Mueller-Stahl delivers a riveting performance in Balaban's sensitive, well-observed dramedy about an old man whose life changes dramatically after a fateful encounter with a much younger woman.

Nov 14, 2006 | Rating: B+
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Beautifully conveys the nostalgia, isolation, and surprising magic moments of old age.

Aug 30, 2002 | Full Review…

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