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Caco is a proud, handsome man, head of a family, and very powerful in the local community. Yet he has been torn to pieces by the death of his beloved daughter. He constantly visits her ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Canales ...
Caco
Orestes Villasan Rodríguez ...
Diego
Antonio Dechent ...
Primo Alejandro (as Antonio Pérez Dechent)
Bobote ...
Primo Antonio
Juan Luis Corrientes ...
Primo Tres
Fernando Guerrero Rebollo ...
Fernando Caravaca
Francisco Chavero Rios ...
Francisco Caravaca
José Ramírez 'El Cheli' ...
Primo Caravaca 1
Juan-Luis Barrios Llorente ...
Primo Caravaca 2 (as Juan Luis Barrios Llorente)
Jesús María Ventura ...
Primo Caravaca 3
Maria Faraco ...
La Catalana
El Moro ...
Pepe Sardina
Manuel Vega Salazar ...
Anselmo
Tomatito ...
Musician
Sheikh Ahmad Al Tuni ...
Musician
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Caco is a proud, handsome man, head of a family, and very powerful in the local community. Yet he has been torn to pieces by the death of his beloved daughter. He constantly visits her grave, weeps silently at her photo and has transferred all his wildly protective love and attention onto his physically challenged nephew, Diego. It seems that Diego's father, Caco's brother, is in hiding after having killed a man from the Caravaca family, who are equally powerful in the community. They are looking for vengeance and have come to Caco for justice. When he refuses to betray his brother, the Caravacas grow impatient. When they realize they are getting nowhere, they threaten to kill Diego. Despite his fierce pride, Caco eventually realizes that the cycle of killing and revenge must be broken. But how can he achieve this and protect everyone he loves? Written by Sujit R. Varma

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4 October 2000 (France)  »

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$5,704 (USA) (7 September 2001)

Gross:

$124,994 (USA) (1 February 2002)
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Soundtracks

Calle del Aire
Singer La Caita
Guitars Francisco Javier Salazar Saavedra
Cajon: Joaquím Vega Cortes
Palmas and Chorus: Alejandro Vega Arencón, Antonio Silva Vega, Luis Amaya Vega, Joaquín Amaya Vega,
Jamara Moreno Amaya and Josefa Amenez Amadór
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A Beautiful and Powerful Work of Art
8 November 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I think that if one has a personal understanding of the history of the circumstances which tie Andalucia and North Africa together, along with some of the cultural, social, and spiritual connections that are maintained between these two separate but connected worlds, the movie Vengo will strike you as being very symbolic.

There is a lot which is implied and will go right over your head if you are not aware of the culture and history of this region (as well as being aware of the life and struggles of Gatlif as a Gypsy man born in Algeria, caught between these two worlds). Gatlif does not spell anything out for you. He leaves it up to you to try to put the pieces together, and he knows that there are certain types of people, with a certain awareness, who will be attracted to his films.

I thought Vengo was incredibly deep with so much true emotion and so much of the subtle and misunderstood inner-struggles of the people of Andalucia being depicted through a number of overlapping stories and characters: The retarded nephew, the man whose daughter had died, the feuding Gypsy families, the exiled father of the son living in Morrocco, etc.

This movie told the tale of a people and their will to hold on to the purest ("Flamenco Puro!") sources of happiness and joy within their lives, amidst circumstances which seemed destined to tear them a part and undermine their unity.

An incredibly beautiful story with lots of information, emotion, and spirit. If you are open, this movie will touch your soul.


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