Text by Nora Vasconcelos
One of those days in which everything was calm, I came across an absorbing movie. It caught me from the very start, and I just couldn’t go away until the end of it.
The screenplay for this movie, called Le violon rouge (The red violin) was written by Francois Villard and Don McKellar, and even though it wasn’t based upon any book, it made me feel that I was going through the pages of a fascinating novel.
The main character of the story is a red violin with a matchless sound that impresses everyone who’s around and marks an inexplicable or fatal destiny for its owner.
As the story goes on, the violin passes from one owner to another throughout the centuries, involving each one of them into stressful and dangerous situations.
Nobody knows what makes this violin sound so perfectly and nobody knows how its fine red color was achieved, but as the time goes by, and its fame for haunting its owners grows, the value of the violin becomes higher and higher, as the piece is coveted both by music lovers and powerful people who want either to posses or to destroy the instrument.
Many characters emerge along as the story develops until the end, when the mystery and the secrets of the red violin are unveiled. Then it’s probably the time when the viewers are already haunted too for the red violin and its intriguing story.