Yaron Zilberman’s civilised delight provides Christopher Walken with one of his best roles in recent years as Peter, the founding member of a successful string quartet. As the quartet prepare to celebrate their silver anniversary with a recital of Beethoven’s Late String Quartets, Peter is diagnosed with a degenerative illness. It is a moment when everything he has worked for starts to fall apart, including the marriage of second violinist Robert (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and violist Juliette (Catherine Keener). Restoring the delicate harmony of the group is the basis of this wise, beautifully acted drama with a wonderful classical soundtrack.

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