When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2007)

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Critic Consensus: A dynamic doc following five Romani bands is a pleasure for the senses thanks to vibrant colors and eclectic music.


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Musicians from different lands but sharing a common heritage come together for a concert tour that proves as revelatory for the participants as their audiences in this documentary. In 2001, American promoters persuaded five noted bands of gypsy musicians to join forces for what was billed as "the Gypsy Caravan Tour," but while these musicians appealed to many of the same fans, for the most part they had never met before going on the road together. The performers were Taraf de Haidouks, an … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Jasmine Dellal
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 26, 2008
Box Office: $0.1M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan

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For its glimpses of various lifestyles and personalities -- an ancient but spry fiddler, a young male who performs in drag -- it isn't bad.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
Chicago Reader
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If you have any ear for non-Western music, Gypsy Caravan is a must.

Full Review… | September 6, 2007
Arizona Republic
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The emphasis remains on the personal stories of the players themselves who, for all their backstage squabbling, identify more with each other than any of the countries in which they've settled.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Detroit Free Press
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The camera work is always note-perfect.

Full Review… | August 24, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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If music were all, Gypsy Caravan would be amazing. As is, it's worth seeing, but you may get frustrated at the way Dellal raises provocative questions about ancestry and prejudice...

Full Review… | August 23, 2007
Chicago Tribune
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The personalities of the players also contribute energy. They are an immensely charismatic bunch.

Full Review… | August 17, 2007
Globe and Mail
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