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Shades of Hamlet among the gypsies (the Roma): A Czech-Slovakian tale of a teenage boy who loses his father and distrusts his sleazy new stepdad. This poignant, resonant drama is equal parts neo-realism and modern Shakespearean tragedy. As Americans, most of us know little of the hardscrabble lives of contemporary gypsies, or their pariah status in Eastern Europe. A multiple prize-winner at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival last year, Gypsy limns memorable portraits, some flecked with bitter humor: the boy who dreams of going to Western Europe so that he may be mistaken for Pakistani; stolen… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The general texture of the film is constantly engaging-the way that these people, long accustomed to abuse and disadvantage, have made for themselves an accommodating and comfortable culture."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Best are the film's tender ghostly visitations from Dad, evoked with a minimum of artiness, and the authentic, impoverished locations."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A somber, melancholic drama with emotionally raw performances by its non-professional actors."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A Slovakian character study of a boy ambivalently caught between worlds that ultimately squanders its promise."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"There are moments of wry humor, and of improbable beauty, in the dust blowing over a riverbank or even the blinking light over an emergency-room door."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"You might call it an old story with higher stakes, but a keen sensitivity to its moral difficulties and enlivening details sets Gypsy urgently apart."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"A portrait of a denigrated people disguised as revenge tragedy, Gypsy is a window onto a way of life rarely glimpsed by outsiders."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"The movie is vibrant and modern, and doesn't treat Miigár as a mute, unknowable alien."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"[It] doesn't try to counteract stereotypes of the Roma people as shiftless, thieving hustlers. But it goes a long way toward explaining the antisocial behavior."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"[A]uthenticity of the local cast and the rare images of a shantytown Roma ghetto in mountainous Slovakia outweigh stereotypes and the imposition of a Hamlet-like story."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
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