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The Violin (2005)

El violín (original title)
In an unnamed Latin American country that closely resembles Mexico, the government fights a rural insurgency with torture, assault, rape, and murder. Soldiers descend on a town, cutting off... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ángel Tavira ...
Don Plutarco
Dagoberto Gama ...
Mario Garibaldi ...
Fermín Martínez ...
Comandante Cayetano
Justo Martínez ...
Octavio Castro ...
Carlos Gallardo ...
Soldado Colaborador
Humberto Castillo ...
Niño Mensajero
Cornelia Cruz ...
Ángeles Cruz ...
Jefa Guerrillera 1
Alfonso López ...
Jefe Guerrillero 3
Mercedes Hernández ...
Ariel Galvan ...


In an unnamed Latin American country that closely resembles Mexico, the government fights a rural insurgency with torture, assault, rape, and murder. Soldiers descend on a town, cutting off the rebels from their cache of ammunition hidden in a field. A family of grandfather, son, and grandson are among the rebels in the hills. The grandfather, with his violin over his shoulder, tries to pass the checkpoint, ostensibly to tend his corn crop. The commanding officer lets him pass but insists on a daily music lesson. Can the old man ferry out the ammunition in his violin case under the soldiers' nose? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Music


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Release Date:

27 April 2007 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

The Violin  »

Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,647 (USA) (7 December 2007)


$65,298 (USA) (9 May 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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First feature film by director Francisco Vargas See more »


The ribbon the old man used to attach his bow to his bandaged hand distractingly changed color a couple of times between shots while he was at the army post. See more »


Don Plutarco: The music is over.
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Simply Stunning
26 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

La Violin has the uncanny feel of intimacy – we are drawn as an audience into the nerve- wrecking and immensely dangerous business of opposing a ruthless and unforgiving army. It also achieves the expression of such a huge story in such a small setting – we are really only exposed to four important characters. But through these people, a whole struggle of a country is exposed – and in a more general sense, any oppressed people anywhere. This inspiring drama really tugs at your heartstrings – especially Don Plutarco (Ángel Tavira) who simultaneously pulls off the innocent grandpa look and the sly plotter that he has to become to protect his family. A powerful fight-the-power drama that will have you lost in a surreal world of honor and rebellion – I just have to give it a 10/10.

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