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Gadjo Dilo (1998)

Gadjo Dilo (1998)



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In this comedy-drama, Stephane (Romain Duris), a young man from France, travels to Romania on a mission; his father has recently passed away, and since the old man's favorite singer was an unrecorded gypsy vocalist from Romania, he has come to track her down and put her music on tape. However, he's not sure where she is, and as he wanders though a village in battered shoes on a cold night, an older gentleman of gypsy blood, Izidor (Isidor Serban) allows him to spend the night in his home after regaling him with drunken rants about his dire fate. While gypsies take a dim view of strangers, Stephane goes out of his way to ingratiate himself into their community, and as the locals develop a grudging trust for him, Stephane meets Sabina (Rona Hartner), a beautiful gypsy dancer whose allure is matched by her fiery personality and blunt vocabulary. Izador is Sabina's accompanying musician, and as Stephane is drawn into Sabina's web by the passion of both her dancing and her lovemaking, he also becomes friends with the older man and struggles to better understand his way of life. Director Tony Gatlif, himself of gypsy heritage, previously directed a documentary about gypsy musicians, Latcho Drom.
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Romain Duris
as Stephane
Rona Hartner
as Sabina
Izidor Serban
as Isidor
Dan Astileanu
as Dimitru
Mandra Ramcu
as Mandra
Aurica Ursan
as Aurica
Angela Serban
as Angela
Valentin Teodosiu
as Mayor's Secretary
Vasile Serban
as Vasile
Petre Nicolea
as Grocer
Adrian Simionescu
as Child Prodigy
Lunitia Paun
as The Bride
Jean Paun
as Father of the Bride
Petre Costescu
as Father of the Groom
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Critic Reviews for Gadjo Dilo

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

Duris' enthusiasm and humor lend balance to the bombastic yet likable Serban, and the lovely Hartner has no trouble at all casting a powerfully seductive spell.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Gatlif, who wrote and directed the film, and Eric Guichard, his cinematographer, have done well.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

It has a spontaneity and freshness rare in movies.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A vigorous, noisy, sometimes electrifying film.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Gatlif's raw, open-ended approach results in some slow patches, but the ground-level look at gypsy culture never feels less than authentic.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

A cross-cultural gem about gypsies filled with rituals, music and the practice of hospitality.

Full Review… | March 4, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Gadjo Dilo

Loved this move, and of course, love Romain Duris. Entertaining via music and story line/language barrier. I totally did not get the ending though and was disappointed that his main objective was not even met. Why did he destroy the things he loved so much then dance on the grave to mourn it? I could understand if he was running away from the murder situation, I don't know, can anyone explain it to me?

Douglas Edward Christie
Douglas Edward Christie

This was the Gypsy...errr..Roma film was it not? I remember being taken with the uniqueness of the film.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Excellent musical carnival of souls.Gatlif pretty much adores the subject of ethnicity and identity,so the combination gets out of hand for the delirium's purpose and average occasions emphasize on the meaning of craziness.Prickling on foot?I don't think this will happen here,a fiesta for the living and wild endeavors.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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