November 1, 2012
R; 1:46 running time
Christopher Walken plays Peter, the wizened cellist whose early-onset Parkinson's disease throws the famed Fugue Quartet into turmoil. Twenty-five years and 3,000 recitals into their history, things are changing, because "playing for much longer is not in the cards for me."
The maneuvering starts in an instant. Peter has a replacement cellist in mind. Jules (Catherine Keener), the violist, is empathetic, concerned for Peter. But Robert (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the long-fuming second violin, sees this as a chance to move up in the ranks. -- Michael Phillips
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