The Red Violin

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  131 min.
Release Date: November 13, 1998

Current rating: Rating: 4.44
based on 90 votes and 8 reviews
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Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Don McKellar, Carlo Cecchi, Irene Grazioli, Greta Scacchi, Colm Feore, Jason Flemyng


The story follows the history of a violin, the "red violin" as it is known in musical circles, from its creation in Italy in the 1600s to the present day where it is on the auction block in Montreal. Through flash-forwards and flash-backs, we follow the violin’s complicated genealogy which takes us across three continents and through numerous historical events.

Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Canada.

Director: François Girard
Producer(s): Niv Fichman

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  • 4 stars "This movie has the makings of an epic but didn't quite get there. Maybe if I watch it again.... I got a bit confused with the ending, In his (Samual Jackson) pursuit to obtain, and keep secret the object of his desire (Red Violin) by passing off the fake as the real thing. Until he realises that it is painted with female human blood and hair making it a sacred object. That the knowledge and depth of responsibility started alarm bells. Not only of the fact that what he had done by swapping it, was illegal but also that it was imbued with a sort of supernatural aura maybe causing the obsessive desire. That he let it go. Put the real violin in the auction house and left with the fake, which he gave to his child...… or was it the other way round"
  • 5 stars "one of my favourite movies"
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