Academy Award® winners Christopher Walken and Philip Seymour Hoffman* strike all the right chords with Academy Award® nominee Catherine Keener** and Mark Ivanir in this powerful story that blends raw emotion with fiery passion to form an unforgettable cinematic masterpiece. After 25 years together, the members of a world-renowned string quartet learn that their beloved cellist (Walken) may soon be forced to retire. But the news stirs up equally painful challenges when competing egos, harbored resentment, and irrepressible lust threaten to derail the group as they struggleto maintain harmony in their music — and their lives.
*Walken, Supporting Actor, The Deer Hunter, 1978. Hoffman, Actor, Capote, 2005.
**Supporting Actress, Capote, 2005; Supporting Actress, Being John Malkovich, 1999.
- Theatrical Feature
- Discord and Harmony
My Take on the DVD
While I never saw this movie in the theater, I heard that it was a very well produced and directed film. in watching the film itself I have to say that it was very well done. You have to know that the movie itself is a bit deeper than I would have first anticipated, but this deeper nature within the film is offset by the amazing acting of both Christopher Walken and Philip Seymour Hoffman. You're drawn into the cell and into the life of Christopher Walken's character and the medical issues that he is dealing with that is leading to his retirement. Yet, the movie so much more than just the drama of the health issues surrounding Walken's character. The movie itself explores so much about human relationships and group dynamics and a it is through these relationships that you truly get to understand the importance of the Quartet itself within the film. overall this is a movie that I would encourage all to watch as it is full of amazing acting performances as well as a plot and underlying message that should be shared with all.
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