|Catherine Keener, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, and Mark Ivanir brilliantly conspire to play the members of the quartet in this highly charged dramatic tale. Their incestuous relationships unravel, but in such entertaining and telling ways. Beloved cellist and elder statesman Peter (Christopher Walken) is both a figurative and literal father of the group, and the voice of reason. During a rehearsal, he realizes that his fingers are refusing to dance, and soon receives a life changing diagnosis. This opens the floodgates of suppressed emotions, rampant egos, missed opportunities and unresolved passions all of which threaten to derail years of art and collaboration. Inspired by and structured around Beethoven’s Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, the film is an homage to chamber music, New York’s rarefied cultural world, and above all, to the psychological frailties of talented human beings.