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

This musical documentary follows five Gypsy bands from four countries who unite for the Gypsy Caravan as they take their show around North America for a six-week tour. Their musical styles range from flamenco to brass band, Romanian violin… 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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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The different musicians come from far-flung locales including Macedonia, Romania, India and Spain, but all of them carry in their hearts the spirit of the travelling, itinerant musician.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

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

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...

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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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.

Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail

The personalities of the players also contribute energy. They are an immensely charismatic bunch.

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.