Gadjo dilo (Crazy Stranger)
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Gadjo dilo (Crazy Stranger)
In this comedy-drama, Stephane (Romain Duris), a young man from France, travels to Romania on a mission; his father has recently passed away, and since the old man's favorite singer was an unrecorded gypsy vocalist from Romania, he has come to track her down and put her music on tape. However, he's not sure where she is, and as he wanders though a village in battered shoes on a cold night, an older gentleman of gypsy blood, Izidor (Isidor Serban) allows him to spend the night in his home after regaling him with drunken rants about his dire fate. While gypsies take a dim view of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Duris' enthusiasm and humor lend balance to the bombastic yet likable Serban, and the lovely Hartner has no trouble at all casting a powerfully seductive spell."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Gatlif's raw, open-ended approach results in some slow patches, but the ground-level look at gypsy culture never feels less than authentic."
‑ Robert Horton,
"Lots of foul mouthed language and even more dancing. Uh huh."
‑ Christopher Null,
"The picture is not for everyone, but moviegoers with a taste for folkloric culture will find it a rare treat."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Works on many levels, given the sincere and realistic acting by its three principals."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Gatlif, who wrote and directed the film, and Eric Guichard, his cinematographer, have done well."
‑ Anita Gates, New York Times
"A vigorous, noisy, sometimes electrifying film."
‑ Tom Keogh,
"Packed full of exuberant wordplay and beguiling imagery, Gadjo Dilo is a strange and beautiful collection of moments."
‑ Gemma Files, eye WEEKLY
"Rich, warm, human and musical drama."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"This is a worthy tribute to the vibrance and sheer doggedness of the people it depicts."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"It has a spontaneity and freshness rare in movies."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"A cross-cultural gem about gypsies filled with rituals, music and the practice of hospitality."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"You leave the theater wishing you could spend more time with Sabina -- and hoping, for poor Stephane's sake, that she doesn't polish him off with her passion.."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Examiner
"The movie fairly breathes with life."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"A celebration of the visceral gypsy culture and an indictment of the hateful racism against the Romany people."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
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