When the Road Bends...tales of a Gypsy Caravan
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When the Road Bends...tales of a Gypsy Caravan
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 gypsy musicians to join forces for what was billed as "the Gypsy Caravan Tour," but while these musicians appealed to many of the same fans, for the most part they had never met before going on the road together. The performers were Taraf de Haidouks, an 18-piece group from Romania whose lineup spans several generations; another Romanian group, the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For its glimpses of various lifestyles and personalities -- an ancient but spry fiddler, a young male who performs in drag -- it isn't bad."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The camera work is always note-perfect."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"So long seen as ragged leftovers from an older historical epoch, the Roma turn out to be a modern people who have a lot to teach over-developed societies about what it means to be human."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"It's a slow, sometimes grating process for an hour or so, but once everyone wises up to their shared heritage, a euphoric celebration of what it means to be a gypsy takes flight."
‑ David Jenkins, Total Film
"If you have any ear for non-Western music, Gypsy Caravan is a must."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"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..."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"These extraordinary musicians ought to put an end to any sniffiness about Gypsy music."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The poverty contrasts sharply with the excitement of the tour bus and cuts to the heart of the songs themselves, famed for their "joy and sorrow"."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC.com
"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."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"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.'"
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Martin Hoyle, Financial Times
"Blessed with a wealth of characters, moving stories and roof-raising performances, Gypsy Caravan is as rich as the music it promotes. Fans of Buena Vista should definitely join the club."
‑ Billy Mowbray, Film4
"The characters are as lively as their music and I enjoyed riding along with them."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
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