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The Violin (2005)
"El violín" (original title)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ángel Tavira ...
Don Plutarco
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Genaro
Dagoberto Gama ...
Capitán
Mario Garibaldi ...
Lucio
Fermín Martínez ...
Teniente
Silverio Palacios ...
Comandante Cayetano
Justo Martínez ...
Hacendado
Octavio Castro ...
Zacarías
Carlos Gallardo ...
Soldado Colaborador
Humberto Castillo ...
Niño Mensajero
Cornelia Cruz ...
Vendedora
Ángeles Cruz ...
Jefa Guerrillera 1
Alfonso López ...
Jefe Guerrillero 3
Mercedes Hernández ...
Jacinta
Ariel Galvan ...
Joaquín
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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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27 April 2007 (Mexico)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$65,298 (USA) (9 May 2008)
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Ángel Tavira won the best actor award in the Cannes Film Festival See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Don Plutarco: The music is over.
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Hail and Farewell to Angel Tavira
27 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although it flirts with agitprop and its stereotypes, The Violin is ultimately a small, moving, human drama centered on the perseverance, against a ruthless military government, of a poor, frail, self-effacing grandfather and his family. The late Ángel Tavira is excellent as the grandfather -- the human face of an underground resistance -- whose weapon of choice is a violin. The long shots, in black-and-white, of Tavira on his borrowed mule reminded me of the scene in The Grapes of Wrath where Tom Joad leads his family of Dust Bowl émigrés across the ridge of a California hill or the panoramic shots of Sicilian hillsides in Godfather II. It's man in nature, man against a heavily armed nature, and tragically nature wins. Good independent film.


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