Quartet tells a gentle tale of old age, love and loss in a very pretty setting. Snap Stills / Rex Features
Quartet tells a gentle tale of old age, love and loss in a very pretty setting. Snap Stills / Rex Features

Quartet



Quartet
Director: Dustin Hoffman

Starring: Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly
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Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut – at the impressive age of 75 – with this very English slice of life, a sweet comedy drama about the residents of a countryside home for retired classical and operatic musicians.

The lecherous Wilf (Billy Connolly), adorable Cissy (Pauline Collins) and pompous Cedric (Michael Gambon) are among those affected when the famous diva Jean (Maggie Smith) arrives as a reluctant new resident, but no one is more upset by her arrival than the soft-spoken Reg (Tom Courtenay), who also happens to be Jean’s first husband.

A gentle tale of old age, love and loss in a very pretty setting (we’re sure most retirement homes aren’t this palatial), Quartet isn’t laugh-out-loud funny but has some lovely moments and performances.

Indika

Developer: 11 Bit Studios
Publisher: Odd Meter
Console: PlayStation 5, PC and Xbox series X/S
Rating: 4/5

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Transmission: Eight-speed dual-clutch auto
0-100km/h: 3.0sec
Top speed: 330kph
Price: From Dh1.14 million ($311,000)
On sale: Now

Company Profile

Company name: Hoopla
Date started: March 2023
Founder: Jacqueline Perrottet
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 10
Investment stage: Pre-seed
Investment required: $500,000

THE LOWDOWN

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Rating: 4/5

Produced by: Poetic License Motion Pictures; RSVP Movies

Director: Ritesh Batra

Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Farrukh Jaffar, Deepak Chauhan, Vijay Raaz

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

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Company Profile

Name: HyveGeo
Started: 2023
Founders: Abdulaziz bin Redha, Dr Samsurin Welch, Eva Morales and Dr Harjit Singh
Based: Cambridge and Dubai
Number of employees: 8
Industry: Sustainability & Environment
Funding: $200,000 plus undisclosed grant
Investors: Venture capital and government