The Red Violin - * * *

Samuel L. Jackson and Greta Scacchi are two owners of a red violin in this drama which traces the instrument through the centuries. Carlo Cecchi, Jean-Luc Bideau, Sylvia Chang, Colm Feore, Jason Flemyng, Irene Grazioli, Christoph Koncz, Don McKellar, Monique Mercure and Liu Zifeng also star. Francois Girard directs.

Capsule review: Beautiful imagery and music abounds. Although Samuel L. Jackson’s modern day story is awkwardly interwoven with the other four tales, it is the most interesting story the film has to tell. The other stories hold few surprises.

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