Adam B. Vary
September 10, 2012 AT 08:00 PM EDT

No one strives to be second fiddle, but what happens to the people who find themselves stuck (in this case, literally) in that role? In A Late Quartet — premiering tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival — Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, and Mark Ivanir (Schindler’s ListBig Miracle) play members of a famed symphonic foursome that is rocked when one member (Walken) announces an illness that will end his career.

The event forces Hoffman’s character, who’s perpetually played second violin in the group, to reassess his own goals and passions — both professionally, and personally with his wife (Keener). You can check out the first trailer for the film, the feature debut for co-writer-director Yaron Zilberman, below: 

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