Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Spain/France/Germany/Japan, 2000. Princes Films, Arte France Cinema, Astrolabio Producciones S.L., Canal+, Sofica Sofinergie 5, Senator Film Produktion, Nikkatsu. Story by Tony Gatlif, Screenplay by Tony Gatlif, David Trueba. Cinematography by Thierry Pouget. Produced by Tony Gatlif. Music by Tony Gatlif. Production Design by Brigitte Brassart, Denis Mercier. Costume Design by Ana Sousa. Film Editing by Pauline Dairou.
Tony Gatlif follows his popular Gadjo Dilo with another visually striking film about gypsy culture. Two families in Spain are at war with each other when a member of one kills a prominent member of the other. The murderer goes into hiding, leaving his brother to defend the rest of the clan from the victim’s family’s revenge. Their plan is to kill the accused’s mentally challenged son as vengeance, but the boy’s uncle wants to find a way to stop years of blood feuding without sacrificing an innocent, especially someone he loves so dearly. Photographed in the sunburned, rural regions of Spain and full of gorgeous music, the film relies too heavily on cliched characters (particularly in a story too similar to Walter Salles’ Behind The Sun) but is not the worst way to spend a couple of hours.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2000