You may not remember how exactly this trio passed the time during most of the film's too-spare 98 minutes, but Plutarco is a character you likely won't forget.
The plot is slimmer than a bowed string and lacks tension.
| Original Score: 2/5
As far as battlefield-as-life parables go, humanity gets a fairer shake in Francisco Vargas's The Violin than in Bruno Dumont's Flanders.
| Original Score: 3/4
The Violin is so beautiful to look at, it almost wouldn't matter if it had a story. But it has one, and it's riveting.
Once the political lines are drawn, Vargas' film becomes richly layered, and builds with greater and greater tension toward its harrowing, inevitable finale.
The tiny, tough, sneakily moving film The Violin wears its revolutionary romanticism on its sleeve, not far from its gun.
| Original Score: 4/5
Subversive musical warriors confront political injustice through the powers of the seductive artistic imagination.
A quietly gripping adversarial duel lies at the heart of this political thriller, which has been hailed as a masterpiece in Vargas's native Mexico.
Francisco Vargas makes a marvellous debut with his magnificent The Violin.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Told with ruthless efficiency and no sentiment or sermonizing, stands as a fitting tribute to the human spirit.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scores heavily as a mood-driven character exploration of the nature of familial love, duty, conflict and its impact on the innocent.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A terrific debut by Vargas, who wrote, directed and produced.
A slightly meandering build-up is saved by a second half that really cooks, with Vargas ratcheting up the tension by flirting with genre convention in order to deal with Plutarco's unconventional psychological stand-off with a malodorous Captain.
| Original Score: 4/6
It's all stripped down to a conflict more abstract than historical, a fable of heroic defiance in the face of brutal oppression.
| Original Score: B
An impressive debut for Mexican writer and director Francisco Vargas.
| Original Score: B+
A movie of undeniable gravitas and monumentality -- even if it is too fond of its own effects.
... Quevedo has fashioned a timeless testament to all that is wrong with the world.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
by turns shocking, observant, picturesque, and thought-provoking, the film is a moving expression of the tumultuous existence of countless Mexican lives.
Stark but absorbing drama follows an aging musician, beautifully played by Don Angel Tavira, who fiddles his way into the front lines of Mexico's peasant revolts during the 1970s.
Shot in luminous, high-contrast black and white, it has the rugged if faintly self-important authority of a Hemingway short story.