When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan
When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2007)

Musicians from different lands but sharing a common heritage come together for a concert tour that proves as revelatory for the participants as their audiences in this documentary. In 2001, American promoters persuaded five noted bands of… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 15, 2007
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A dynamic doc following five Romani bands is a pleasure for the senses thanks to vibrant colors and eclectic music.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

For its glimpses of various lifestyles and personalities -- an ancient but spry fiddler, a young male who performs in drag -- it isn't bad.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

The camera work is always note-perfect.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Dellal's documentary often seems like a cleaned-up, homogenized version of the chaotic Roma world presented by Gatlif, Kusturica, et al. But even toned down and packaged, the music itself has the power to thrill.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

If you have any ear for non-Western music, Gypsy Caravan is a must.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

If music were all, Gypsy Caravan would be amazing. As is, it's worth seeing, but you may get frustrated at the way Dellal raises provocative questions about ancestry and prejudice...

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The energy is electric, the camerawork crisp and colourful, the editing note-perfect. . . . for the Roma, music sounds the notes of a harsh, maligned cultural history, making them all the more unforgettable while demanding remembrance, even awe.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

The emphasis remains on the personal stories of the players themselves who, for all their backstage squabbling, identify more with each other than any of the countries in which they've settled.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Gypsy Caravan succeeds in its primary goal to open ears and minds to Roma music, accurately described as being about 'the rhythm, the language, the feeling.'

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Martin Hoyle
Financial Times

Gypsy Caravan - When the Road Bends evokes the US tour of Roma musicians whose astonishing diversity ranges from the Indian group with their bejewelled drag dancer to oompah-based Romanians.

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