THE VIOLIN TEACHER
Director: Sérgio Machado
2015 Brazil Portuguese, with English subtitles
Narrative feature / 100 minutes
Laerte wants to be a professional violinist, but everything in his life seems to go wrong at once. Reluctantly taking a job in a slum school, he’s confronted with a band of delinquent string players — not an easy task even without his intense, perfectionist nature. But the tide begins to turn, and he even discovers a violin prodigy. Then trouble threatens as some of the boys in the band are drawn to an easier life. Classical music is combined with elements of an edgy urban thriller in this quirky, touching drama.
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