The Violin (El Violin)
The Violin (El Violin) (2007)

Filmmaker Francisco Vargas makes his feature-film debut with this expansion of his well-received short film detailing the struggle between the peasants and military in 1970s-era Mexico. Don Plutarco (Angel Tavira) is a dignified elder who,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 23, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Vargas makes a strong debut with The Violin, which features crisp photography, a poetic screenplay, and a breakthrough performance by Tavira.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

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.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An impressive debut for Mexican writer and director Francisco Vargas.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Life-or-death matters are handled with compelling gravity.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Shot in a silvery black and white that lends a photojournalistic effect, this is not an easy film to sit through. But it will be a tough one to forget if you do.

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Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A message this political has rarely been delivered in so poetic a form.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Tavira's acting is the high point of this suspenseful yet beautiful movie, which -- for a while at least -- proves that music can soothe the savage breast.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
This mexican film, winner at the 2005 CANNES Film Festival, "Un Certain Regard"- Best Actor: Angel Tavira, follows Plutarco (amazing actor Don Angel… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Violin," Plutarco(Angel Tavira), his son Genaro(Gerardo Taracena), and his son Lucio(Mario Garibaldi) are a trio of… More
Quinto Wallight
If the compelling story and the heartbreaking lead performance aren't enough reasons to see it, the photography alone, then, should be enough.