When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2007)

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

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This musical documentary follows five Gypsy bands from four countries who unite for the Gypsy Caravan as they take their show around North America for a six-week tour. Their musical styles range from flamenco to brass band, Romanian violin to Indian folk. And with humor and soul in their voices, they celebrate the best in Gypsy culture and the diversity of the Romani people in an explosion of song and dance. As the film follows the amazing performances and behind-the-scenes action from the tour created by World Music Institute, we discover the real lives of these musicians. We visit Macedonia, Romania, India and Spain, meet their families and see what music brings to their lives. The tales of these characters are woven between their performances - allowing us to understand and celebrate Romani culture and the prejudice of their shared ancestry.

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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…

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

September 6, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

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 | Rating: 3/4

The camera work is always note-perfect.

August 24, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 2.5/4

The personalities of the players also contribute energy. They are an immensely charismatic bunch.

August 17, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4

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