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  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002UV3OVO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,099 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ignacio Carrillo travelled most of his life through the villages and regions of Northern Colombia playing traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument that was said to be cursed because it once belonged to the devil. As he became older, he got married and settled with his wife in a small town, leaving his nomadic life behind. When she suddenly dies, he decides to make one last journey to the Northern edge of the country, to return the accordion to the man who gave it to him his teacher and mentor making the decision to never play it again. On the way, he is joined by Fermin, a teenager who dreams of becoming a travelling musician like Ignacio. Tired of his loneliness, Ignacio begrudgingly accepts his company, and together they start their journey, discovering on the way the enormous diversity of the Caribbean culture, and surviving all kinds of adventures. Ignacio will try to convince Fermin to take a different path in his life, having learned that his only led to solitude and sadness, but he will have to face the fact that destiny has different plans for him and his pupil.


Enormously satisfying! --Justin Chang, Variety

Heartfelt without ever becoming sentimental, The Wind Journeys has a pure and honest simplicity that makes it wonderfully compelling. --Diana Sanchez, Toronto Int l Film Festival

BEST FOREIGN FILM - Official Submission of Colombia --2009 Academy Awards

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Everything about it was perfectly done: casting, acting, locations, music, etc.
Each helps the other despite devastating circumstances as only each can to compete each other's dreams for life.
Art Noxon
The film is gorgeous to the eye, the music marvelous and the dream-like journey powerful in its focus.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mithridates VI of Pontus VINE VOICE on November 10, 2010
Format: DVD
On strong recommendation from my sister I finally got around to seeing this unusual Colombian film. I have to admit, I know very little about Spanish language cinema (especially from the Americas). Regardless, I found The Wind Journeys a fascinating experience -- one I suspect I would have appreciated even more if I knew the cultural background to the gorgeous tableux unfolding so majestically before my eyes. The cinematography, gorgeous scenery, moving music, and the slight surrealist (perhaps too strong of a word) edge merits finding this film!

Brief Plot Summary (limited spoilers)

Ignacio Carrillo, a Colombian folk singer, decides to give up his accordion and return it to his teacher. His accordion, decked out with devilish horns, is supposedly cursed -- taking over whoever plays it.

As he departs his small town, Fermin, a teenage boy who wishes to learn how to play the accordion (I can't precisely figure out Fermin's motivation), sets off after him. The relationship between the two characters is the emotional center of the film and by far the most interesting plot related element. They set off across the visually arresting geography of Colombia (absolutely gorgeous) meeting unusual people -- engaging in accordion "duels". In one of the most memorable scenes involves Ignacio reluctantly playing his accordion for two men settling their scores on a bridge by hacking at each other with machetes... The cinematography is SUPERB throughout heightening the power of these unusual sequences.

Ignacio is extraordinarily reluctant to play his cursed instrument. Likewise, he is reluctant to teach Fermin (perhaps in order to prevent him from turning into the gruff man old man he has become).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Adam on June 1, 2011
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If you are looking for a fast paced thriller, where situations become obvious and you know what will happen even before the characters, this movie is not for you.

The movie relates the journey of Ignacio Carrillo, a well known accordion player and vallenato singer, who decided to return a "cursed" instrument to his master, followed by a very stubborn Fermin Morales, a teenage who wants to have all the perks and recognition of the vallenato singers, and want to learn from Carrillo, either Carrillo wants to teach him or not.
Folk stories say the accordion was won by Carrillo's master in an improvisation battle with the devil itself. These beliefs are reinforced by the strange horns attached to the accordion.

Slow dialog, long (almost unbearable) silence spots between each sentence, may get the common viewer asking if the actors forgot the script. Slow dialog, unexpected from a singer that can create wit replies in seconds while doing the improvisation battles, is key to put the spectator in the position the director wants: The characters know where they are going, but we don't. This is reinforced by constant panning of the camera, from dark to light, going backwards, or from the characters themselves to whatever they are looking at.

On the slow pace, interrupted only by amazing takes of Colombian landscapes, the viewer can easily start thinking slow and could miss the plot.

In the end, only if you were able to follow the plot, you will discover that Fermin got more than he was asking for, and Carrillo's journey was like the wind journeys: We know where they start, where they end, and even what is the route the journey will take, but still every second is a surprise and the end itself, while known, may be unexpected.

Don't feel bad if you need to watch more than once to fully appreciate this movie.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By █ R I Z Z O VINE VOICE on July 19, 2010
Format: DVD
Never in foreign film have I seen such varying and beautiful cultural landscapes as this one, in Colombia. According to the director, the film took 4 years to make and covers 84 shooting locations that took mules and 4x4s to reach. And, Director Ciro Guerra has also said that people in Colombia didn't even know their country looked like this.

The 2 hour film focuses on the sweeping panoramic landscapes, the many varieties of landscapes, something different appears constantly throughout the film. It is about the characters and their deep sense of culture, beliefs and tradition. It is about verbal/musical sparring and challenges to claim the spot of best accordianist; percussionist who are good enough to become baptized with the blood of a lizard; and a violent sword fight between two while the accordionist plays on. And, of course it is about the music, the accordion.

An old man and well-known troubadour Ignacio Carillo, whose wife has just died has come to grips that he needs to return his accordion back to the person he got it from, being that the accordion is cursed. He takes a mule for the treks that will also be on foot, and by canoe crossing water.

We don't learn much about his beliefs that the accordion is the devil and cursed. He just seems adamant that it must go back. A young teen, Fermin, has been encouraged by his mother to follow the man, to learn the accordion from the man. The relationship is not completely a "togetherness", as young Fermin is discouraged by Ignacio from joining and following in his footsteps.

Together, they encounter events where prize money is offered to play, as the journey leads to self-discover and different paths.
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