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When the Road Bends...tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2007)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 7

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


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 3

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



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Cinema verité icon Albert Maysles captures the best in very Gypsy music while highlighting the diversity of the Romani people in this documentary tracing the World Music Institute's Gypsy Caravan six-week concert tour across North America. Featuring five bands from four countries, the Gypsy Caravan showcases a variety of musical styles ranging from flamenco to Indian folk, Romanian violin, Raga, and jazz. The result is a celebration of song and dance that's sure to thrill music lovers of all

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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.

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

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: 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.

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

August 24, 2007 Full Review Source: 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...

August 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Gypsy Caravan succeeds in its primary goal to open ears and minds to Roma music, accurately described as being about 'the rhythm, the language, the feeling.'

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Dellal's documentary often seems like a cleaned-up, homogenized version of the chaotic Roma world presented by Gatlif, Kusturica, et al. But even toned down and packaged, the music itself has the power to thrill.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

The energy is electric, the camerawork crisp and colourful, the editing note-perfect. . . . for the Roma, music sounds the notes of a harsh, maligned cultural history, making them all the more unforgettable while demanding remembrance, even awe.

December 6, 2007
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Gypsy Caravan - When the Road Bends evokes the US tour of Roma musicians whose astonishing diversity ranges from the Indian group with their bejewelled drag dancer to oompah-based Romanians.

September 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

So long seen as ragged leftovers from an older historical epoch, the Roma turn out to be a modern people who have a lot to teach over-developed societies about what it means to be human.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

These extraordinary musicians ought to put an end to any sniffiness about Gypsy music.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

Blessed with a wealth of characters, moving stories and roof-raising performances, Gypsy Caravan is as rich as the music it promotes. Fans of Buena Vista should definitely join the club.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

It's a slow, sometimes grating process for an hour or so, but once everyone wises up to their shared heritage, a euphoric celebration of what it means to be a gypsy takes flight.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The poverty contrasts sharply with the excitement of the tour bus and cuts to the heart of the songs themselves, famed for their "joy and sorrow".

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source:

The characters are as lively as their music and I enjoyed riding along with them.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

While the backstage tour footage is sometimes repetitive, it's delightful to see the musicians take up each other's songs as the tour progresses.

September 21, 2007
Salt Lake Tribune

[Dellal's] attempts to 'straighten' the narrative through exposition disguised as the walkie-talkie messages of an unseen stage manager, however, are distractingly ham-handed.

August 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The music in the film is exhilarating, but there isn't enough information about anyone or anything, and the film feels slight overall. And scattered. You'll leave hungry for more.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Throughout, the ebullience and passion of the music gives viewers a point of entry into what it means to be Roma, part of an ancient culture in a modern world.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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