The Red Violin (Le violon rouge)
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Francois Girard's The Red Violin follows the imaginary history of a unique instrument as it passes over continents and through lives over the span of three centuries. The film was shot in five languages, in five countries, over a period of six months. Beginning in Canada in February 1997, the production moved on to Austria, Italy, England and China before returning to Montreal for post-production.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"Like the immaculate instrument it follows, "The Red Violin" is a piece of filmmaking fully refined by the hands of someone who believed in the material, and the effect it leaves us with is one of transcendence."
‑ David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org
"It is disconcerting to see {Jackson}...after watching his exceptional performances as crazy criminals in two Quentin Tarantino movies."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"A spiritually rich and musically sublime drama about the soulful dimensions of beauty."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"If you see it, it should be only for the wonderful solo violin of Joshua Bell."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Its individual pieces interlock smoothly as a whole."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"François Girard ... with co-writer Don McKellar and an able cast, has spun a yarn that crosses all manner of boundaries: geographic, artistic, and taste."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"entertains with fanciful fable and contains beautiful virtuoso violin solos (by Joshua Bell) and location shooting, but offers little substance"
‑ John A. Nesbit, ToxicUniverse.com
"If the movie didn't pat itself on the back so often for being arty, than it might come off as an interesting, if flawed film."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Girard invests each episode of this production with dramatic credibility and emotional strength."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"A sensual pleasure to hear, and to watch the film on screen... an intellectual pleasure to mull the complex themes afterwards. This is filmmaking of the highest order."
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
"The story lines, while having little direct connection to historical events, are obviously grounded in musical and artistic legend."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Derided by some contrarian critics for being "safe", this is an ambitious and at times uneven epic that stretches several continents and centuries . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Movie Gurus
"A good score can only do so much and, too often here, it is undercut by an overly sentimental story."
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
"Like a blending of great symphony and great cinema, The Red Violin is a magnum opus of musical-visual composition."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"a composition in five movements. Although the primary theme (the violin) ties all the segments together, it is but a thin string."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
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