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Director:
Writers:
Tony Gatlif (original screenplay and adaptation)
Kits Hilaire (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 August 1998 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
In Every Soul There is a Gypsy
Plot:
A man is looking for a singer he had heard on cassette. He finds much more. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
10 wins & 4 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
Romain Duris: Hero or antihero?
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 24 June 2010, 2:40 PM, PDT)

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A Frenchman finds his muse in a Romanian gypsy village See more (35 total) »

Cast

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Romain Duris ... Stéphane
Rona Hartner ... Sabina
Izidor Serban ... Isidor
Ovidiu Balan ... Sami
Angela Serban ... Angela
Aurica Ursan ... Aurica
Vasile Serban ... Vasile
Ioan Serban ... Ioan
Gheorge Gherebenec ... Gheorge
Dan Astileanu ... Dumitru
Valentin Teodosiu ... Le Secrétaire de Mairie / Denech
Petre Nicolae ... L'Épicier
Calman Kantor ... Radu
Florin Moldovan ... Adriani
Adrian Simionescu ... L'Enfant Prodige
Luminita Paun ... La Mariée / The Bride
Jean Paun ... La Père de la Mariée / The Bride's Father
Petre Costescu ... La Père de la Marié / The Brideman's Father
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mónika Juhász Miczura ... Singer

Directed by
Tony Gatlif 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tony Gatlif  original screenplay and adaptation
Kits Hilaire  screenplay adaptation
Maigne Jaques  screenplay adaptation

Produced by
Guy Marignane .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Tony Gatlif 
Rona Hartner 
 
Cinematography by
Eric Guichard 
 
Film Editing by
Monique Dartonne 
 
Casting by
Marie de Laubier 
 
Costume Design by
Brigitte Brassart 
 
Makeup Department
Ioana Mocanu .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Michel Bazinet .... unit manager: France
Mihai Dinu .... production manager
Cezarina Harabour .... unit manager: Romania
Doru Mitran .... production manager: Romania
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Csaba Bereczky .... assistant director
Mircea Plângau .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Petre Constantin .... property master
 
Sound Department
Nicolas Becker .... sound effects editor
Dominique Gaborieau .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicolas Naegelen .... sound editor
Nicolas Naegelen .... sound
Fabrice Servera .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stéphane Assié .... gaffer
Pompiliu Avram .... first assistant camera
Patrick Ghiringhelli .... second assistant camera
Mihai Ionita .... electrician
Mihai Malaimare Jr. .... still photographer
Mihai Maldea .... grip
Ion Olteanu .... electrician
Ilie Rusen .... key grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mihaela Ularu .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Bruno Patin .... color timer
Nadine Verdier .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Amélie de Chassey .... music supervisor
Delphine Mathieu .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Laurent Dusothoit .... production assistant
Patricia Guyotte .... production assistant
Rodica Nitescu .... script supervisor
Doru Stan .... production assistant
Marius Stanciu .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gadjo dilo" - Romania (original title)
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Runtime:
102 min | France:113 min (Director's Cut)
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Trivia:
Third movie of Tony Gatlif's trilogy on the Rromani people. It was preceded by Les princes (1983) and Latcho Drom (1993).See more »
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Follows Les princes (1983)See more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Frenchman finds his muse in a Romanian gypsy village, 12 August 1998
Author: Pete Lewis (plewis1925@earthlink.net) from Satellite Beach, Florida, USA

This lyrical, poetic masterpiece of cinematic art sucks you into the minds and souls of a still enigmatic, clannish culture, as Stephane, the urbanised, DAT-carrying Frenchman confronts both his own Western attitudes and the wistful, dogged independence of an oft persecuted race. The veracity of the work borders on cinema verite, such is the power of the performances coaxed with consummate skill by writer/director Tony Gatlif, himself a Romany, from a largely non-professional cast.

The plot hardly bears mentioning, as this is an exemplar of film as art, i.e. an exploration of the human spirit. One could wax lyrical about Stephane's mission to find the gypsy singer who's voice chicken skins him as a journey into his own psyche, or other such pyschobabble, but ultimately, even though framed by a love story and imbued with classical dramatic elements of pathos, comedy and tragedy, through all the elements that make film such a singular artistic vehicle - sound, music, image, performance - this work envelops you in swaddling-cloth, twists at the core of your soul, and vicariously makes you pursue the Holy Grail of the meaning of life.

I can't claim to have seen anything in at least a year, probably dating back to "Welcome to the Dollhouse", that has touched me in the way that this work did. For all those who think that trite eye candy like "Saving Private Ryan" represents a milestone in cinema art, an education moment in the company of Stephane and his collective muse will persuade you that true artistic creativity lies in exposing the seemingly mundane banalities that constitute our daily lives.

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