The Wind Journeys is the story of ex-troubadour Ignacio. He got his accordion from a man who allegedly won it from the devil. Ignacio's wife dies. With her dead, Ignacio decides to never play his accordion again and is determined to return it to the old man who gave it to him.
The trip is hundreds of miles. Fermin is a young man who wants to be Ignacio's apprentice and accompanies him on the trip.
Set in Colombia in 1968, The Wind Journeys gives you a glimpse of life in rural Colombia during that era, and you get to see and hear some terrific Colombian folk music. The acting is pretty good, and you grow to like the two characters.
The story is not remarkable. Early on, the writer/director Ciro Guerra's story is interesting. With nowhere to really go, by mid-movie, and after the best of the music, the film gets boring.
But it's boring in a rather pleasant way.
Director: Ciro Guerra
Stars: Marciano Martinez, Yull Nunez
Mr. Movie rating: 3 1/2 stars
Not rated. Probably PG-13. It plays Friday, December 14 only at the Battelle Auditorium at 8:00 p.m.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.