Gypsy (2012)


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Shades of Hamlet among the gypsies (the Roma): A Czech-Slovakian tale of a teenage boy who loses his father and distrusts his sleazy new stepdad. This poignant, resonant drama is equal parts neo-realism and modern Shakespearean tragedy. As Americans, most of us know little of the hardscrabble lives of contemporary gypsies, or their pariah status in Eastern Europe. A multiple prize-winner at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival last year, Gypsy limns memorable portraits, some flecked with bitter humor: the boy who dreams of going to Western Europe so that he may be mistaken for Pakistani; stolen ostriches accepted as payment in lieu of cash; the white documentary film crew whose members combine compassion with unconscious racism. -- (C) Film Forum


Martin Hangurbadzo
as Marian, Adam's Brother
Martina Kotlarova
as Julka, Adam's Love
Attila Mokos
as The Priest
Miroslav Gulyas
as Zigo, Adam's Stepfather
Ivan Mirga
as Adam's Father
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

The general texture of the film is constantly engaging-the way that these people, long accustomed to abuse and disadvantage, have made for themselves an accommodating and comfortable culture.

Aug 8, 2012 | Full Review…

There are moments of wry humor, and of improbable beauty, in the dust blowing over a riverbank or even the blinking light over an emergency-room door.

Jun 29, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The movie is vibrant and modern, and doesn't treat Miigár as a mute, unknowable alien.

Jun 28, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Best are the film's tender ghostly visitations from Dad, evoked with a minimum of artiness, and the authentic, impoverished locations.

Jun 26, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

You might call it an old story with higher stakes, but a keen sensitivity to its moral difficulties and enlivening details sets Gypsy urgently apart.

Jun 26, 2012 | Full Review…

[It] doesn't try to counteract stereotypes of the Roma people as shiftless, thieving hustlers. But it goes a long way toward explaining the antisocial behavior.

Jun 26, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5

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