The Wind journeys

The Wind journeys

DVD - 2010 | Spanish
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For most of his life, Ignacio Carrillo travelled the villages of northern Colombia, playing traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument said to have once belonged to the devil. He eventually married and settled in a small town, leaving the nomadic life behind. But after the traumatic death of his wife, he vows to never play the accursed accordion again, and embarks on one last journey to return the instrument to its rightful owner. He is followed by a spirited teenager determined to become his apprentice, but Ignacio tries to discourage him from following in his footsteps.
Publisher: [United States] : Film Movement, [2010]
Edition: DVD edición widescreen Spanish language edition.
Branch Call Number: 791.4362 [FOREIGN] WIND
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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jimg2000
Jul 20, 2019

What to expect:
-Duels: cockfight, fistfight, machetes, accordions, wind sound vs music, sound vs visuals and a mournful troubadour vs hopeful teenager.
-Rural Colombia ethnic communities.
-Vallenato music with accordions.
-Spiritual journey from Majagual in the Sucre to Taroa in La Guajira Desert (about 885km.)
-Spectacular Columbian vistas in Magdalena, César and Guajira regions, especially the Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Sierra de Perija,
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The short film Danzak is about Peruvian scissors dancing.

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kyc14
Jun 01, 2018

this delightful film has plenty of pleasant surprises. until now i have not seen any columbian movies. but this one illustrates that outside of hollywood & other film-dominating countries, world-class film-makers do exist elsewhere.
to truly enjoy & appreciate this film, one has to abandon any pre-existing or subjective view or expectation, in order to know this film w/ a fresh start.
the storyline is simple. 2 main characters. film techniques are basic: wide angle, medium & tele shots, plus some camera tracking. the journey is punctuated w/ stunning landscapes, portrait of people & culture in villages, relation between the 2 characters, happenings & incidents, & mysteries that are gradually brought up & explained as the film goes along.
i can feel the “wind”, to me they are accordion (music), blowing wind (harsh environment), winding (journeys) & second wind (restored effort in life). i can also feel for the uplifting ending, which pushes away all the previously negative connotations in the film (deceased wife, no more interest in music or living, don’t want to teach accordion), but alludes to passing on the accordion (music? heritage? life?) to the young generation.
i admire the elegant, subtle, yet succinct & effective approach that director ciro guerra has taken to make this film. to emulate the idiom that everyone knows, i submit that the film is not about the journey itself, but about the motivations (old man: “stop the devil accordion”, teenager: “learn drumming & be famous”) & efforts (the merits of musical/cultural heritage, embrace of the environment) for getting to the destination. if u like music, nature, traditional values, & emotion/identity not induced by CGI, this film is for u!

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Mooseum
May 24, 2017

The more time passes since seeing this movie, the more it stays with me. It could be construed as another "road" movie, where the protagonist has a purpose (returning the accordion) and the story unfolds from there. What I particularly liked was the use of long shots when another director might have gone in for a closer view. The landscapes of Columbia were also beautiful to see, and the native languages interesting to hear.

The character of Fermin seemed forced sometimes, but that could be how young men behave. The music helped carry the story. The participation of the villagers in some of the accordion contests was wonderful to see.

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0cho
Jun 23, 2015

I didn’t mind this movie. The story was somewhat interesting and his journey through the Columbia country side and culture was very interesting but overall it was missing something especially with the ending. Great he has a reason for living now!!! Big deal....

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__rick__
Oct 10, 2013

There is a sequence where the lackey of a local mayor arrives in a jeep-like Nissan (not a model ever sold in Canada, and not anywhere for a long time). In the middle of nowhere, the lackey asks the accordionist to play for a party. It would be for the mayor, it would pay well. The accordionist refuses and the lackey departs. Otherwise, this is a film without visual evidence of technology of any kind. It could be story set in any decade, perhaps any century. This rambling story of a master (the accordionist) and his largely unwanted apprentice (the boy, who lacks any form of musical ability), has a minimalist plot that serves mainly as a means to go from one interesting vignette to another. It is similar, in that sense, to a Fred Astaire movie in which the plot serves only to get to the next dance number. There are interesting sequences of the boy attempting to chase down a rabbit at the behest of the accordionist, or where the boy allows himself to be beat up in his dogged pursuit of the accordion that he does not know how to play. The accordion competition sequence is a treat, with macho insults interwoven with dueling accordions (something as interesting as this sequence is unlikely to ever happen in any Canadian bar, with their ever present big-screen televisions). At the end, after almost 2 hours, one wonders what the message has been, other than that rural Columbia is indeed very windy, most of the people are very poor, and a skilled accordionist is very popular in this remote location where the sine quo non is that not much is going to happen.

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 29, 2013

This story of a seasoned accordion player who gave up his play after the death of his wife, and a young apprentice doggedly following him across the country, mostly on foot, to seek his art, is in my view not very credible. However, this shortcoming is offset by the trip itself, traversing a vast part of northern Columbia. So for me the cultural reward is very tangible. Overall an enjoyable film.

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mjayh
Oct 06, 2012

It's helps to like accordion music I guess--which I don't. "Perhaps there won't be much music", is what I told myself at the outset, but it turns out that any accordion music is too much for me. The cover image was lovely. There's hardly anything nicer to look at than an accordion with no one playing it.

Green_Bird_203 Jul 04, 2012

A fascinating journey across Colombia's diverse geographical and cultural landscape. Slow pace, but emotionally powerful and richly cinematic. I enjoyed the movie every second.

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geomillar
Jan 06, 2012

A real gem from Columbia. Landscapes, music and actors were great.

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chiarita19
Feb 26, 2011

Masterful direction and cinematography!

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jimg2000
Jul 20, 2019

Where are you going? To play in some village? ls that really the Devil's accordion?
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Whoever plays it is doomed to be a troubadour. Wandering, playing and singing, till the day they die.
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♪ To have is to lose
♪ My grandpa used to say
♪ His only cow was eaten
♪ By a vulture one day...
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We're driving cattle from Chiriguana to El Paso. And you?
-To Guajira.
Guajira? On that donkey? What for?
-To keep a promise.
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You guys play well.
-We play to keep the cows happy
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He was a troubadour, like you. He came to the village for a fiesta. Got my mother pregnant and left.
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l was just like him -- going from party to party, from woman to woman. l have children l don't even know about. ls that the life you want?
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lt's not me who plays. lt's the accordion.
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Why do you live here?
-lt's the only land the bank doesn't want.

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jimg2000
Jul 20, 2019

A ballad:

♪ Oh, little horse
♪ Of wood so fine
♪ Ever since childhood
♪ Sweet joy of mine
♪ You were my first toy
♪ You watched me grow,
remembering the boy
♪ Oh, little horse
♪ Of wood so fine
♪ You are my present and past
♪ Returning in time
♪ You are my honey, my delight
♪ l feel reborn
when you are in my sight
♪ l'd give the sun
to my little horse
♪ To my little horse
l'd give the sea
♪ For my little horse
l have a treasure
♪ In Rio de Oro,
my little horse
♪ My little horse...
♪ l'd give the sun
to my little horse
♪ To my little horse
l'd give the sea
♪ For my little horse,
l have a treasure
♪ In Rio de Oro,
my little horse...

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jimg2000
Jul 20, 2019

The accordion was meant to be played solo. Other instruments can play chords or bass. But only the accordion can do it alone.
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We're looking for an old man called Guerra.
-You've come to return the accordion?
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Walked far in those shoes?
-From Majagual.
Majagual, Sucre?
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Know if they need a percussionist around here?
-You're a percussionist?
Yes.
-Don't look like one.
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Because you're a bitter old man who hates those who play for love and not for money.
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And who are you to lay claim to the blood of the lizard?
-l play the caja and the drum.
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Know how long it took me to find a good woman? Over 10 years. And when l did find her... the devil came and took her.
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ls that the sea?
-No. lt's the lagoon.

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