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The Violin (El Violin) Reviews

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October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 30, 2008
An impressive debut for Mexican writer and director Francisco Vargas.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 7, 2008
The film from first-timer Francisco Vargas puts a human face on universal suffering. It is also about the power of music, as the title instrument saves (for a while anyway) three generations of peasant men in their roles as guerrilla fighters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2008
Life-or-death matters are handled with compelling gravity.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 8, 2008
It's all stripped down to a conflict more abstract than historical, a fable of heroic defiance in the face of brutal oppression.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 17, 2008
Francisco Vargas makes a marvellous debut with his magnificent The Violin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 4, 2008
Of course, there's Tavira, who, even if he never appears in another film, has left an indelible mark on cinema with his work here.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 4, 2008
A message this political has rarely been delivered in so poetic a form.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 4, 2008
The weathered Tavina, who lost his hand in an accident at the age of 13, makes a fittingly indomitable hero. He's a character you're likely to remember - his face alone is worth a thousand words.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 4, 2008
Shot in luminous, high-contrast black and white, it has the rugged if faintly self-important authority of a Hemingway short story.
January 4, 2008
A terrific debut by Vargas, who wrote, directed and produced.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 4, 2008
Another sort of movie would find a feelgood way of resolving the story; Vargas's vision is more grim and more realistic, but it is persuasively real, and in Tavira the director has found a natural star of the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 4, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 4, 2008
The film's strongest asset is octogenarian newcomer Tavira, who exudes stoic dignity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 4, 2008
A challenging yet rewarding watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 4, 2008
Told with ruthless efficiency and no sentiment or sermonizing, stands as a fitting tribute to the human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 4, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
January 4, 2008
The austere monochrome photography gives the story a gravitas that's reinforced by the dignity of the amateur cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 10, 2007
Scores heavily as a mood-driven character exploration of the nature of familial love, duty, conflict and its impact on the innocent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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