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Max is on holiday at his grandmother's place in the Elzas in France. He's fascinated by the guitarplay of gipsy Miraldo. For writing letters to the social security institutes he gets guitarlessons from Miraldo. He becomes friends with Swing, a boyish gipsygirl, who shows him the nature and takes him to exuberant mucic evenings.
Feb 11, 2002 Wide
Aug 13, 2000
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Works as successfully as an ethno-musicological document as it does a love story between culturally star-crossed kids.
Virtually the whole cast is amateur, but Gatlif knows how to get them to play lovely little vignette scenes.
A deceptively straightforward film with enough grooves and riffs to charm even the most tone-deaf viewer . . . Gatlif's film has a brisk energy and bracing passion
Gatlif might have done more of a service to the Manouche by focusing on their songs, their lifestyle and their history than by overlaying the love story of Max and Swing.
A magnificent film.
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