Yanco (1961)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Mexico  |  
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Although this drama is in some senses a children's film because it focuses on one little boy and his violin, the tragic ending might be too much for the moppet set. The engaging and sentimental tale begins when the little boy (Ricardo Ancona) starts manifesting a greater and greater talent at music and at the same time, a supersensitivity to sounds. His overly astute hearing drives him into the woods and away from the cacophony of the town's hustle and bustle. Once in the woods, he meets a kindly old hermit who teaches him how to play the violin he made. After the old man dies, the violin ends up at a pawn shop, and each night the boy sneaks in to play it in secret. It is this haunting, nightly music that sets the town on edge -- people think an evil spirit is on the loose.

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boy, friendship, generation-gap, island, Mexico, music, violinist