Los Viajes del Viento (The Wind Journeys) (2009)
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Beautifully filmed Colombian "Crossroads" tale. Despite the stunning location filming the movie drags out a familiar story. There are a few original contributions to the tale but the star of the movie really is the countryside.
In "The Wind Journeys," young Fermin(Yull Nunez) chases after Ignacio Carrillo(Marciano Martinez) as he is riding out of town on a donkey, failing to get his attention at first. Then, he asks if that is the Devil's Accordion he has, which stops him in his tracks.(Don't laugh. It does have horns.) After finally acknowledging him, Ignacio reluctantly agrees to bring him along on his journey to return the accordion to its previous owner. Later, they encounter a group of cowboys and musicians who want to hear the famed Ignacio Carrillo play. Even though they are starving, Ignacio refuses to play for his supper and they are only fed when they hear his tale of woe before telling him about a contest where Ignacio suspects sorcery. "The Wind Journeys" is a beautifully filmed and meditative movie with some entertaining musical numbers that moves at its own deliberate rhythm, much the way Ignacio would prefer it. As he sees it, only good comes from hard work in this world, attempting to teach his protege this valuable lesson on the road.(I'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not they are father and son.) Ignacio now regrets the way his life turned out when playing the accordion superseded all else and wishes to put it behind him, but nothing is ever that easy. This is in a land of many different traditions and customs where magic lies just beneath the surface and no judgment is passed. When asked why a man lives on the top of a mountain, Ignacio replies nonchalantly that he was never that sociable.
I saw this obscure film last night and left the theatre puzzled, wondering what the end meant. The old man does return the accordian to his master; however, the master is dead. The teenager who idolized the musician who is perhaps his father leaves him to return to home, a sadder and wiser man.
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