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A Late Quartet, 2013.

Directed by Yaron Zilberman.

Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Imogen Poots, and Mark Ivanir.

Synopsis:

The cellist in a string quartet is diagnosed with Parkinson's as they prepare for their final tour.

The film's title, A Late Quartet, relates to the string compositions Beethoven produced near the end of his life, during his flurry of output once his hearing began to deteriorate (cheers Wikipedia). It's a name with double meaning.

Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken), the cellist in a classical string quartet (there's the first meaning), starts to add a bit too much vibrato to rehearsals. His fingers are a little slower and shakier than last year. The upcoming season is the quartet's 25th together. It's a big deal. They're tremendously successful. They had a documentary special made about them (which is wonderfully diegetic) and appear on a number of classical music magazine front covers. »

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