Transylvania Reviews

November 3, 2018
Clunky dialogue and weak plotting impede some of the more visceral and visual pleasures here but this is another fine example of Gatlif's osmotic, unique, connective, free-form cinema.
November 24, 2011
October 4, 2008
The mood, the music and the melancholy remain true to Gatlif's signature, but there is a sense of incompleteness about the film which detracts from it.
January 28, 2008
Perhaps Tony Gatlif's oddest film to date, it's a kind of road trip with so few borders that it's easy to get lost along the way. The plot is as obtuse as its mix of languages
November 14, 2007
No vampires.
August 10, 2007
A remarkably gutsy odyssey.
August 10, 2007
The whole is lively and colourful but those who know Gatlif 's work may feel they've seen it all before. If you haven't, you may be more impressed.
August 10, 2007
Gatlif seems literally to make it up as he goes along, a modus operandi that works fine in the impromptu musical interludes but fails utterly in terms of drama.
August 10, 2007
When not hyperkinetic, the film is stone-cold dull.
August 10, 2007
Gatlif is thrilled by the apparently inexhaustible energy of Romany music; a little of it goes quite a long way. But it's beautifully shot.
August 10, 2007
The real love affair is not between Zingarina and Tchangalo; it's between Zingarina and the country where she has her child.
August 10, 2007
Raw, ragged, rambling and romantic - if the sound of a furious violin drifting down the alley quickens your pulse, you may find Gatlif's gypsy drama a seductive and potent experience.
August 10, 2007
Gatlif's vision of life on the open road is highly (sometimes overly) romantic, peppered with lively music and striking landscapes: it's the feeding of the senses that takes priority over plotting or polish in Transylvania.
August 10, 2007
French- Algerian director Tony Gatlif shows great skill in capturing local colour and texture, sourcing a rogues' gallery of memorable images from the fog-shrouded environs. He's less successful at giving any direction or meaning to his central pairing's
August 10, 2007
Confused passion and twisted emotions make for a captivating ride.
August 10, 2007
Forget the plot and soak up the glorious cinematography.
August 9, 2007
An insidiously memorable visual experience, even if it offers only dazzling snapshots of contemporary life in the region which gives it its title.
June 25, 2007
The landscape plays a major role... with its bleak, open spaces, adding to the feeling that the characters and their emotions are curiously incidental.
October 18, 2006
A love story with star actors and a bigger budget heightens the mainstream appeal of Tony Gatlif's ethnic road musical.
May 30, 2006
Seemingly semi-improvised dialogue is kept mostly to a minimum, which is just as well because some of it's awful.