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...And now for something totally different... French director Tony Gatlif's documentary film highlights Romany musicians and dancers in a geographical sequence from India to Egypt, then Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and finally Spain, indicating their people's migration westward. This film has no dialog nor voice-over. It is all singing and dancing, and it is fascinating. The people we see are in their actual daily life, as they live their nomadic ways, with the stories and rhythms of their musicians and dancers sustaining the shared theme of their heritage. Whether it is a violin, harmonium, spoons, milk jug, or group clapping, their melodies are their soul, their pride, and their culture. Audience dancing during the movie is encouraged.
Latcho Drom is a wonderfully sensual film but IS NOT a documentary. It is more like an extended music video that provides the viewer with a vague, suggestive sense of a culture that has nomadically traversed many lands but refuses to assimilate and maintains a 'victim' identity . If you're wanting an honest documentary with a true dialogue about the complexities of culture clash this film is anything but. There is no real substance to this film but there is a lot of texture, beautifully woven and stitched with music, lyrics, dance and stunning cinematography into an almost dream-like journey. One might be mislead into thinking that the director has opened a portal into a world that is normally closed to outside visitors and, in a very limited way, I supposed he has. There are wonderful glimpses at the uniqueness of some Rom culture and living situations but these are mere backdrops for the music that holds the whole effort together. There is no real weight to this film but the weightless transcendence will stay with you long after the images are gone.
Tony Gatlif at his best! One of the greatest documentaries I've ever seen.
As a documentary, this fails, as it provides precious little information about each song and people, but as a musical exploration of the Romany people, it soars. If you love traditional music and songs, this one will be an utter joy.
this movie took my breath away ! thats all folks !
India - born, Romania - matured, Spain - reborn.
One of the most amazing films ever made
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loved this, felt a bit like baraka, itÂ´s about the thousand year journey of the roma people from India to different parts of Europe. Without narration, itÂ´s the music who tells the story.
BIG TIME... THANK YOU TONY