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"Liberté" is an amazing movie, but it seems like it has already been forgotten, both by the critics and the public. This is really a pity when we know that the Gypsy culture - and more specifically the persecutions toward Romani people during World War II - is not very present in the Cinema.
By choosing this subject, it is as if the film director Tony Gatlif was making a declaration of love to his own culture, but he is also presenting a part of the story which isn't well-known nowadays by a large part of the public. Many aspects of the Romani culture are presented in the movie : the music (the film was nominated at the César Awards for the award of the Best Music Written for a Film), the way of working blacksmithing, and their traditions. This last point is certainly the most important element of the movie.
The Romani traditions represent the soul itself of the characters, and the obtacles that they have to overcome are really torturing themselves in their way to live. The Gypsy family is really a "free" one, and the members of the family can not live behind walls. That is the reason why the scene in the camp is so heartbreaking. The fact that, during this scene, the character of Taloche (played by James Thiérrée) is silently and sadly looking at the outside through the barbed wire while another gypsy is screaming like a litany "I want to be free" is really representative of this idea of heartbreaking. We have the same idea in another scene, when the character of the mayor is giving the Gypsy family a house to prevent them from being persecuted : in this scene, Taloche do not understand why they can not go back to their life on the road, and we can see all the despair in his eyes, especially when his own family has to force him to enter in the house, before closing the door behind him.
The spectator himself can understand the sorrow of Taloche by looking at the scenes during this character express his desire of liberty. We can see it during the scene at the town hall, in which Taloche "free the water" by the fact of opening the faucet until the water is falling as a waterfall in the stairs. The scenes in which Taloche is dancing or running alone in the forest are also representatives of this desire of liberty, but during one of these scenes, Taloche discovers something that reminds us about the sad fate of the Romani people...
Anyways, "Liberté" is a very good movie, showing the reality of a part of our story, and with a strong philosophical message. A poignant film with great actors and that must be seen !
Beautifully done film. Should be seen by aa wider audience.
Fascinating International drama about a Gypsy family traveling in France during World War II.....and when you get past the quirkiness and subtitles , this becomes an interesting drama. 3 Stars
"Korkoro" shows a resilient and cheerful faces of a Gypsy family in times of war...Among all the persecuted minorities in Nazi occupation, the Nazi Germany had the most lenient approach towards the Gypsies: all they had to do in order to avoid imprisonment in concentration camp was to reside in a house (as opposed to wandering around the country). But as is seen in this historical drama, residing in a house for a prolonged time isn't what they really wanted.
while I love the setting of the movie, the costumes, the music, I did not love the stereotypical fodder that went into the characters that were really more like caricatures.
Inspired by true accounts , Gypsy struggle to preserve their way of life during the WW2 era is explored in interestingly raw manner. If you are looking for a happy feel good feeling, turn away . overall thumbs up to the actors and director.
En lengua rom, Libertad!. Korkoro es una película simple, llena de humor y de momentos que hacen al espectador enamorarse de a poco con la historia acerca del cotidiano de una familia de gitanos durante la segunda guerra mientras deambulan por Francia, errantes, sin destino fijo. El cine de Gatlif es así, te va envolviendo hasta que de manera certera da en el punto dramático logrando conmover a cualquiera. Este bioepic acerca de la familia Lavil muestra las costumbres de los gitanos durante esta época, su forma de vida, su folclor, sus oficios y sus creencias. La discriminación (todavía latente hoy en día) aparece evidenciada permanentemente dentro del filme, aguzada además por el protagonismo de los nazis en esa época, que apenas es insinuado en la película, pero con una figuración importante dentro de la misma para generar tensión. Me quedo con el personaje del 'Gitano Loco' Taloche, porque es el que se encarga de darle un respiro a la historia y un toque de malicia. Esta es una excelente película de gitanos!!!
Another Roma (gypsy) flick by Tony Gatlif. Again, the highlight is the music.
Moving and passionate! Loved it!
Interesting movie about a tribe of Romany trying to escape the roundups in Vichy France.