The Kreutzer Sonata

Synopsis: A film by Bernard Rose, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy with music by Ludwig Van Beethoven. Edgar Hudson meets Abby, a concert pianist, at a dinner party. Abby is involved with someone else but that doesn't stop the two from acting upon their strong attraction to one another. They start to sneak around but it's not long before they realize they should be together. Soon after Abby breaks up with her boyfriend, she becomes pregnant with Edgar's child - something that was not planned. Flash forward four years. Abby is now Mrs. Edgar Hudson, a resident of Beverly Hills and the mother of two children. In turn, Edgar is now the man who has everything; vast wealth, a gorgeous wife and two beautiful children. Unfortunately, the significant changes in Abby's life have made being a pianist, her true passion, a distant memory thus making her restless and unfulfilled. Her unhappiness is all too apparent, but instead of talking about it, Edgar chooses to ignore it. Edgar tries to cheer Abby up by
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Bernard Rose
Production: IFC Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min


I'd like an ambulance, please.


Arden Drive.



I think I hardly need

to tell you that I was very vain.

In a rich man's life,

our type leads.

If a man's not vain, he doesn't

have much to five for.

So I went out of my Way to make

absolutely sure that the

benefit was organized with the

maximum possible good taste.

Garlic and dill.


Always, you always do

a remarkable job.

Well, thank you.

{personally supervised

the catering.

Not too much,

but we want enough.

No rubber chicken served here.

{issued ah' the invitations myself

Thank you very much for coming,

it means a lot, this charity.

The most important thing that we

can get out of today is understanding

that a little bit goes such a long way

around the world...

The music began fairly early.

Oh, how Well I remember

all the details of that evening.

I remember how he produced his violin,

the Way he opened the case,

tossed a cloth aside and took his

cheap violin out like it was a Strad.

I remember the Way my Wife

sat down at the piano,

trying to appear indifferent...

when I could tell she was

extremely nervous,

scared she was gonna f*ck it up.

They played Beethoven's "Kreutzer Sonata"

You know it.

The first movement?

I hate that fucking sonata.

In fact, I hate classical music.

I mean, What's it about?

What? What's it for?

You can't dance to it.

You can't hum the tune.

What am I supposed to do,

sit there like some dummy?

Doing What?

Waiting for the end so that

I can applaud politely?

I've read that music carries

you directly into the state

of consciousness that was

experienced by the composer.

How does anyone know what

the f*ck was on Beethoven's mind

when he Wrote this?

I don't.

Do you?

You know the Way it happens


It's like an electric shock

goes through you

and you Wake up.

I Woke up like that in a hotel room

in San Francisco...

my head full of thoughts about her,

about my sexual desire for her...

about him, the violinist...

and the two of them fucking.


Hi, Ginger, it's Edgar.

Is she back yet?

No, um...

she called, she'll be back

around 11:


All right, I'll talk to you

tomorrow, thanks.

I shuddered with rage and horror.

Stay down!

Then I began to

reason with myself

{had no reason to think that

Nothing's going on.

Nothing's been going on...

I mean, she's my wife?

The mother of my children.

This is very L.A.

It's a bubbly moment...

It's a breast fully moment.

Yeah, it's not last summer,

it's many summers ago.

And what else?

And it seems to be rather...

- Fun!

- Fun.

And open.

Yeah, blowing.

What do you know

about art anyway?

Not a lot.

What do you know? Do you know

anything about big fish?

Do I? No...

I like yours, you like mine...

That's the way it works.

What are you drinking?

Oh, you want,

you want a little sip of mine?

Yeah, I'll have yours.

It's free...the drink

is freezing my hand off.

The drink is free?


I'm free!

Are you from L.A.?

I am, I've lived here

practically all my life.

Shall I hold it for you?

I'm just worried about

your hands getting cold.

You're gonna hold it for me?

- Are your hands getting cold?

- No.

See? Feel how cold mine are.

Your hands are...


Um, I'm not-

you didn't ask me...

No, I didn't!

But I'm not from here.

Where are you from?

I am from New York.

And I don't really like L.A. that much,

but I have to tell you,

it was definitely the right

career move for me to come here,

because, um, you know, it's

a really difficult business that I'm in.

I'm a classical pianist

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