The story of Francisco el Hombre (Francisco Rada) fighting the devil as described by Rada himself in this documentary has been weaved into the Colombian and Vallenato culture, and is often told as Francisco defeating the devil by playing his accordion. See more »
The movie seems to follow the principles of magic realism. Schwietert, the director, actually loves Gabriel García Márquez. But it´s reality. Magic reality, yes, but reality, in fact. I know like my own hand the Caribbean and Colombia, and I know that things that might look weird actually happen there. The accordion, vallenato and the Caribbean style of life is very well told in this documentary combined with poetry and a touch of loneliness. Different. Original. The documentary rescues the music of a brilliant old musician, Pacho Rada, (like Buenavista Social Club does), but with a deep look inside his life, generations, music and difficulties. A duel of two accordion men is absolutely delightful. Not about Colombia, actually, but about the Caribbean, a place that I see as a whole country bordered by the sea.
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