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An Italian woman intent on tracking down the Romany musician who impregnated her becomes lost in a world of Gypsies in director Tony Gatlif's meditative road drama. Convinced that her one-time lover Milan (Marco Castoldi) has been deported by French authorities and determined to let him know about his unborn child, Zingarina (Asia Argento), travels to Romania in the company of her motherly friend Marie (Amira Casar) in hopes of seeking out the elusive musician. Though Zingarina does eventually track Milan to a remote village festival, the rejection she is faced with soon drives the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An insidiously memorable visual experience, even if it offers only dazzling snapshots of contemporary life in the region which gives it its title."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"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."
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"A remarkably gutsy odyssey."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"When not hyperkinetic, the film is stone-cold dull."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"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."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"A love story with star actors and a bigger budget heightens the mainstream appeal of Tony Gatlif's ethnic road musical."
‑ Bernard Besserglik, Hollywood Reporter
"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"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"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."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"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."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"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."
‑ Laura Bushell,
"Seemingly semi-improvised dialogue is kept mostly to a minimum, which is just as well because some of it's awful."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"No vampires."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"The real love affair is not between Zingarina and Tchangalo; it's between Zingarina and the country where she has her child."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"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"
‑ David Jenkins, Total Film
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