A montage of stories tracing a 17th-century violin as it
travels from the hands of its Italian maker to several different owners and countries.
With Samuel L. Jackson, Don McKellar, Carlo Cecchi, Irene Grazioli, Jean-Luc Bideau,
Christoph Koncz, Jason Flemyng, Greta Scacchi, Sylvia Chang, Liu Zifeng, Colm Feore and
Monique Mercure. [2:11]
SEX/NUDITY 6 - A passionate kiss, after which we hear but don't see a
couple having intercourse. A woman removes her nightgown (her bare backside and breast are
briefly visible) and licks a man's neck, kisses his bare stomach and puts her hand
down the front of his pants; we then see them lying together, nude but strategically
positioned so that we don't see their genitalia or her breasts. We briefly see a nude
man and woman straddling each other (her bare breasts and his entire front, except for his
genitalia, are visible. A nude man lying in bed strokes a violin that's covering his
crotch. We see a pregnant woman's bare belly, a man wearing an open robe, a shirtless
man and a man in a bathtub.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We see a dead woman lying on a bed, a dead man slumped in
a chair and a partial view of a corpse in an open casket (none of the bodies are gory or
decomposing); also, a boy faints and dies. A man slits a dead woman's wrist and
squeezes some blood into a bowl (a stream of blood is seen on her hand). A woman threatens
a man and woman with a gun, then shoots a violin out of his hands. Soldiers break down a
woman's apartment door, look through her things and break some music records.
PROFANITY 3 - A couple of anatomical references (one is clinical), a few
mild obscenities and a few insults. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Betrayal, music, obsession, theft, orphanage, art auctions
MESSAGE - When obsessed, honesty doesn't seem like such a good policy.