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Even with a good cast, anthology films can rarely live up to expectations--it's hard to tell one story well, imagine how difficult it is to tell several. This film, which follows the fate of a perfect violin and its owners over the course of centuries, suffers a similar fate, only more so given its general lack of emotional oomph. Maybe it's not the sexiest plot, but it ought to be more interesting than what we get.
Director Girard (who made the engaging 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould) gets bogged down with the lore surrounding the instrument instead of just telling a story. Only a few segments prove engaging (and the Oxford vignette, in particular, offers some of the campiest moments in recent cinema). It looks nice, but even the score by classical composer John Corigliano is vapid. No wonder people are complaining about the violins in movies...