A Late Quartet tells the story of a world renowned string quartet, and begins just as some serious challenges arrive for the group. Directed and co-written by Yaron Zilberman, the film stars Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Mark Ivanir.
Peter Mitchell, the “elder” of the string group, plays Cello, and is also an educator at Juliard. During their first practice for the new season, Peter can’t seem to keep up with the rest of the group. He schedules a doctors appointment to hopefully get to the bottom of why things seem a little off. The doctor runs tests, and it seems that Peter has the early signs of Parkinson’s Disease, if the drugs slow the process down, he may at best, have one, maybe two seasons left. He comes to the group with the wish that they replace him, and allow him to retire after opening performance of the new season.