When the Road Bends... Tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2006)

Unrated  |   |  Documentary, Music  |  15 June 2007 (USA)
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A brief look into Romani culture and Rom (Gypsies) from around the globe as five famous Romani groups tour the USA. The film visits their families at home in Spain, India, Macedonia and Romania.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maharaja ...
Esma Redzepova ...
Taraf de Haidouks ...
Antonio El Pipa ...
Fanfare Ciocarlia ...
George Cruze ...
Himself, tour manager
Juana ...
Herself, Antonio El Pipa's aunt
Robert Browning ...
Himself, World Music Institute
Stevo Teodosievski ...
Himself (archive footage)
Harish ...
Himself, dancer and female impersonator
Lucía ...
Herself, Antonio el Pipa's daughter
Fabián ...
Kathy ...
Herself, Caliu's wife
George Eli ...


A brief look into Romany culture and Rom (Gypsies) from around the globe as five famous Romany groups tour the USA. Written by havan_ironoak@bigfoot.com

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15 June 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gypsy Caravan  »

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$13,477 (USA) (15 June 2007)


$440,357 (USA) (7 December 2007)

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Nicolae Neacşu: When I was a kid, 3 fates came to me. One destined this, one destined that, and the youngest asked me, "When do you want an easy life? When you are old or young?" I said, when I am old. Because when I'm young I can carry life's bitterness.
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Love and Charm
29 October 2007 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Gypsy" has long been for gadjos synonymous with murder and theft. Not so after Gypsy Caravan, a documentary about musical Romani bands from four countries touring to sold out audiences, who react enthusiastically to the varied and energetic performances by a naturally charismatic people, whose fleshy elders personify the lusts of living apparent from their blistering violin playing to their indulgences in fried food and eccentric marriages.

It is not possible to ignore the Gypsies' charisma: Unforgettable is Esma Redzepova, a heavy Macedonian diva who occupies the heart of the film's message about an often maligned culture being rehabbed in front of our eyes by charming music and dance. Her 47 adopted kids are testimony to the holding power of Gypsy family; she couldn't possibly be called anything but "Queen of the Gypsies." Part of the enchanting mood is due to the lensing of the famous documentarian Albert Maysles, along with Alain de Halleux, who captures the folds and creases of older faces along with the freshness of babies and energy of teenage performers.

Legendary performer Taraf de Haidouks holds a wedding for his 13-year-old daughter that involves an entire Romanian village, as appropriate a symbol of the enduring love and charm of the Gypsy culture.

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