Bow on the strings: 17 films about violinists

When the bow extracts enchanting sounds from the strings, the hearts of the listeners ecstatically stop. However, behind the virtuoso violin playing are many years of rehearsals, fierce competition in the creative environment, attempts to combine personal life and art. The vicissitudes of the fate of musicians have been embodied in the cinema more than once. Films about violinists from our selection will amaze you not only with interesting plots, but also with bewitching soundtracks.

Christmas Bow (2020)

The talented violinist shone on the stage, conquering the audience with her virtuoso playing technique. However, an accident interrupts his creative career . Despair and anxiety for the future poison the existence of a girl who injured her fingers. A meeting with an old acquaintance helps to feel the taste for life again. An old friend who has become a doctor helps her friend not only learn to look to the future without fear, but also find true love.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
The Christmas Bow

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, music

Actors:
Lucia Micarelli, Michael Ready, James Saito…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 6.8


Song of Names (2019)

Modern cinema about a violinist who disappeared without a trace on the eve of his first concert. Even after several decades, the half-brother believes that the missing musician – a descendant of a Jewish family that died in a Nazi concentration camp – is still alive. A series of random incidents and a sincere desire to understand what happened give the key to unraveling the mystery.

Original title:
The Song of Names

Genre:
Drama, history

Actors:
Tim Roth, Clive Owen, Catherine McCormack …

Country:
Canada, Hungary, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Sonata (2018)

The famous composer died under strange circumstances. The daughter of the deceased comes into the inheritance and arrives in a gloomy old mansion . The girl discovers a musical notation of the last work of the deceased – a violin sonata of incredible complexity. An attempt to play a recorded melody leads to unpredictable consequences, revealing the dark side of an ancient house.

Original title:  
The Sonata

Genre:  
Thriller

Actors:  
Freya Tingley, Rutger Hauer, Simon Abkarian…

Country:  
Russia, Great Britain, Latvia, France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:  
16+


Violinist (2018)

The list of the best films about violinists continues with a sensual melodrama, where the story of love for music is combined with the story of passionate passion . The brilliant career of a talented performer was cut short due to injury. The woman devoted to art has turned from a musician into a teacher . Cultivating young talents, the heroine falls in love with a purposeful guy obsessed with music.

Original title:
Viulisti

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Matleena Kuusniemi, Olavi Uusivirta, Kim Bodnia…

Country:
Finland

Rating:
IMDb – 6.1


Your April Lie (2016)

A touching melodrama with handsome young actors. The prodigy pianist triumphantly won children’s music competitions, but the death of his mother unsettled the gifted guy. The depressed young man does not even approach the musical instrument. A meeting with a charming violinist first returns the hero’s craving for creativity, and then the meaning of life.

Original title:
Shigatsu wa kimi no uso

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, music

Actors:
Kento Yamazaki, Suzu Hirose, Anna Ishii …

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.7


Finn (2013)

A stern dad wants to raise a real football star out of his shy and dreamy son , although the boy feels very insecure on the field and does not feel any craving for sports at all . One day the guy hears an amazingly beautiful violin melody performed by an old man. The boy is so fascinated by music that, secretly from his father, he begins to take playing lessons from an elderly violinist.

Original title:
Finn

Genre:
Family

Actors:
Jenny Arean, Peter Barlage, Frirk Bos…

Country:
Netherlands

Rating:
IMDb – 6.7


Paganini: The Devil’s Violinist (2013)

An excellent biopic about the legendary virtuoso, who became famous for his phenomenal violin playing. The great Niccolo Paganini mastered the instrument so skillfully that contemporaries accused the violinist of selling his soul to the Devil . While touring Britain, the musician meets a girl endowed with an angelic voice and a crystal clear soul. Can sincere love be stronger than bad rumors and mystical flair around a genius ?

Original title:
The Devil’s Violinist

Genre:
Melodrama, drama, music

Actors:
David Garrett, Jared Harris, Andrea Deck …

Country:
Germany, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Farewell Quartet (2012)

An interesting atmospheric film with a classical music soundtrack demonstrates the complexity of relationships in a creative team. The famous string quartet has existed for decades. Friends overcome difficult life trials and make life-changing decisions. Creativity helped to stick together and look ahead with confidence, until the diagnosis of one of the musicians led to events that brought the date of the last concert closer.

Original title:
A Late Quartet

Genre:
Music, drama

Actors:
Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Chicken with Prune (2011)

For many years, the violin shared sorrows and joys together with a talented native of Iran. Unexpectedly, the beloved instrument was broken into pieces by the musician’s wife. The unfortunate man cannot find a replacement for the loss in any way – when playing other instruments, he hears falseness. Unable to endure suffering, the hero of the film makes a fatal decision – to lock himself in a room and die.

Original title:
Poulet aux prunes

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer, ​​Maria de Medeiros …

Country:
France, Germany, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
12+


Prodigy (2011)

An incredibly musically gifted boy and girl live in Ukraine, who were honored to perform in front of Stalin himself. In the summer of 1941, when Germany attacks the USSR , the guys find themselves in the occupied territory. A German family is trying to save young talents from brutal SS men who intend to send all Jews to concentration camps.

Original title:
Wunderkinder

Genre:
Drama, military, music

Actors:
Gedeon Burkhard, Natalia Avelon, Catherine Flemming…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.8


Mozart’s sister (2010)

Nannerl, the elder sister of the genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, also showed outstanding abilities from childhood, striking with singing and virtuoso performance on musical instruments of the most complex works. The girl wanted more creative self-realization, but only men were allowed to compose music. Acquaintance in Paris with a French prince leads to the emergence of romantic feelings, but the future monarch cannot follow the call of love.

Original title:
Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, biography

Actors:
Marie Feret, Marc Barbe, Delphine Shiyo …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Violin (2005)

Three men from the same Mexican family entertain visitors to city cafes by playing beautiful melodies. The grandfather, father and grandson, who have become familiar with the military, help the partisans in the fight against the cruel authorities. An old cripple is trying to outwit the captain of government troops and smuggle weapons in a violin case, and a stern officer suddenly expresses a desire to learn how to extract magical sounds from the strings with a bow.

Original title:
El Violin

Genre:
Drama, music

Actors:
Don Angel Tavira, Gerardo Taracena, Dagoberto Gama…

Country:
Mexico

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Ladies in Purple (2004)

In an interesting melodramatic film, two elderly ladies from a coastal British village discover a man washed ashore by a storm. A talented Polish musician tried to sail away to America, but was shipwrecked . The ladies sheltered the wanderer who charmed them, but soon a young beautiful aristocratic artist appeared in their measured provincial life , who also had her eye on the violinist.

Original title:
Ladies in Lavender

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, music

Actors:
Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Brühl…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Together (2002)

A gifted teenager comes from a remote province to the capital and tries to enter a prestigious music school. At the creative competition, young talent does not receive the highest scores and does not pass the selection. The father accidentally overhears that the passage places are distributed for bribes. In order to fulfill his long-held dream of becoming a violinist, the decision is made to stay in the city and hire the right teacher.

Original title:
He ni zai yi qi

Genre:
Drama, music

Actors:
Yun Teng, Liu Peiqi, Chen Hong…

Country:
China, South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
0+


Music of the Heart (1999)

The popular American drama was directed by the creator of the cult horror franchises Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street. A woman who sacrificed her career for her husband was abandoned by her husband and forced to provide for two children alone. After spending some time looking for a job, the heroine of the film finds a vacancy for a music teacher in one of the most disadvantaged areas of the United States.

Original title:
Music of the Heart

Genre:
Drama, music

Actors:
Meryl Streep, Aidan Quinn, Angela Bassett…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Red violin (1998)

An enigmatic violin of an unusual shade with an impeccable sound, made several centuries ago by a famous Italian master, was put up for auction. A group of experts, having carefully examined the rarity and traced its history, found that the musical instrument had a truly mystical effect on the lives of its owners. Despite all the dangers, the leader of the research team wants to become the owner of a mysterious artifact .

Original title:
Le violon rouge

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, detective

Actors:
Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Fleming, Greta Scacchi …

Country:
Canada, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Ice Heart (1992)

The mesmerizing film about playing the violin was awarded the Silver Lion at the Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Director. Two friends are in the business of restoring antique musical instruments. The appearance of a passionate and assertive woman complicates the life of business partners: she is clearly not indifferent to one of them, and inexplicably dislikes the other.

Original title:
Un coeur en hiver

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, music

Actors:
Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuel Bear, Andre Dussolier …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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