Saturday, March 14, 2009

Gadjo Dilo

aka, The Crazy Stranger
Tony Gatliff, 1997, Romania (8.2*)

Now, when have you ever seen a film that shows the passionate lifestyle of gypsies, and not just the gypsy catfight in From Russia With Love? We finally have one, and it full of music, drinking, dancing, and passion. A young Parisian is seen walking in the beginning, and it turns out that he’s a gypsy descendent, and is in Romania searching for the singer of a song that his father loved to listen to while dying. He finds a great drunken musician named Izidor, who takes him under his wing, and begins to teach him the language, so he won’t be a “gadjo”, or outsider. He also meets the seductive beauty played by Rona Hartner, whose dancing, singing, and eroticism steal the film. Hartner, who also records music cds and does paintings, won two film festival awards for Best Actress for this film. Down a star for some unnecessary violence. Winner of 9 international awards.

Awards: Gadjo Dilo Awards


Richard May 2, 2013 at 9:49 AM  

My favourite film ever - made me feel a love for life like no other film before or since. Came out of cinema bought a bottle of honey flavoured vodka - partied like a beast and felt great the next day.

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