A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
We shouldn't jump to conclusions. It’s important to care for others we love. "Human beings live to complete their deficiencies."
Positive Role Models
A man who lost his family has become arrogant and self-centered, focused only on his career. It takes a tragedy and a young girl to open his heart.
The action is set in Turkey with a Turkish cast.
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Violence & Scariness
A man recalls being the victim of a violent stepfather and alcoholic mother. Old, healed scars are shown. A woman is said to have died in childbirth.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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"Ass" and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol. A parent is described as an alcoholic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Father's Violin is a 2022 Turkish drama about forgiveness and the importance of family. A concert violinist is forced to confront the past when the young daughter of his estranged brother is put in his reluctant care. Young viewers may struggle briefly with intense emotion, but largely this focuses on the joy of music and the fulfillment of familial love, with a radiant young performer at the center. Language includes "ass" and "damn." Adults drink alcohol and a parent is described as an alcoholic. A man coughs blood and later dies. A man recalls abuse by a violent stepfather and uncaring alcoholic mother. In Turkish with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's impossible not to adore lead actors Uray and Duzyatan as they lock horns and then bond. The development of this key relationship makes all the clichés, predictability and unsurprising plot turns minor deficiencies in the charming My Father's Violin. This is hardly a great film, but the energy and joy that emanates from Ozlem and the roiling rage and deep affection that co-reside in Mehmet as he evolves into someone we can love erases the story's many annoying and unbelievable plot conveniences. The end is the least plausible of all, in which an entire orchestra and two violinists who have never rehearsed burst into spontaneous perfection. Who cares? It's fun.
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