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

TOMATOMETER

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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 19
Rotten: 3

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

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 2,826

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Movie Info

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:
Shadow Distribution - Official Site




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Critic Reviews for When the Road Bends...tales of a Gypsy Caravan

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (7) | DVD (3)

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
Top Critic

If you have any ear for non-Western music, Gypsy Caravan is a must.

Full Review… | September 6, 2007
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

The camera work is always note-perfect.

Full Review… | August 24, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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.'

Full Review… | August 17, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
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.

Full Review… | September 29, 2007
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.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Daily Telegraph

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

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
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.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007

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.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
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".

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
BBC.com

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

Full Review… | September 23, 2007

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2007
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.

Full Review… | August 17, 2007
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.

Full Review… | August 10, 2007
Austin Chronicle

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