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Marc Lavoine ...
Théodore Rosier
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Mademoiselle Lundi
James Thierrée ...
Félix Lavil dit Taloche (as James Thiérrée)
Mathias Laliberté ...
P'tit Claude
Carlo Brandt ...
Pierre Pentecôte
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Fernand
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Darko
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Kako (as Georges Babluani)
Ilir Selmoski ...
Chavo (as Iljir Selimoski)
Kevyn Diana ...
Zanko
Bojana Panic ...
Tina
Raya Bielenberg ...
Puri Dai
Thomas Baumgartner ...
Tatane
Francisc 'Csangalo' Mezei ...
Tchangalo
Tincuta-Anita Mezei ...
Marina
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A Gypsy family travels the French roads during the Second World War, followed by Little Claude, a young boy seeking a new family after his parents "left and never returned". Upon reaching a town where they traditionally stop for a few months and work in vineyards, they learn that a new law forbids them from being nomadic. Theodore, the town's mayor, and Miss Lundi, the schoolteacher, protect and help the Gypsies. Despite this, They are arrested and placed in an internment camp. Theodore manages to rescue them and gives them a piece of property where they must settle. But the Gypsies' deeply ingrained thirst for freedom makes this sedentary lifestyle difficult to bear. After Theodore and Miss Lundi are arrested for resistance, the Gypsies decide they must get back on the move in order to remain free. Written by Anonymous

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$1,224 (USA) (25 March 2011)

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$8,179 (USA) (1 July 2011)
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With the exception of James Thierrée who is French, the actors playing the gypsy family come from Romania, Albania, Kosovo, Georgia and Serbia. The woman playing the grandmother is of Russian origin but lives in Oslo. See more »

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Maréchal, nous voilà!
Lyrics by André Montagard
Music by André Montagard and Charles Courtioux
Editions musicales du Ver Luisant (1941)
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Au Revoir Les Gitans.
25 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

Tony Gatlif had already broached the subject of the gypsies in his earlier "Les Princes" (1983) or "Gadjo Dilo" (1998);sadly he never enjoyed commercial success in his native France,in spite of generally favorable reviews by critics .Himself a gypsy,he had to make a movie about his people during WW2 for it was also a genocide ,comparable to that of the Jews ;we learn that up to 25% of them were exterminated in concentration camps.

Based on historical facts : the roundups by the French gendarmes in the occupied part of France and the story of a young resistant fighter who takes refuge in a small village where she has become a schoolteacher:what a humiliation it must be for her to have her pupils sing the notorious "Maréchal Nous Voila" (the children shout more than they sing ,perhaps on their mistress's advice)!It's no coincidence if this anthem is followed by the tune of "Le Temps Des Cerises" the revolutionary song of La Commune De Paris (1871).

Ther's a sword of Damocles hanging over the band of gypsies who are camping in the small village .Not only the German soldiers ,but also the French police ;and anyway the French agree ,cause "they want to help the country get rid of that vermin" ;the gypsies in France have always been outcasts ,they were before WW2 and they still are in 2011.

There are two just people in the village :the school teacher who welcomes the children in her school and the mayor who gives them a house so that they will not be arrested ;a "law" forbids nomadism in the country and the notable tries to circumvent it.It's a pity that the part of the mayor (singer Marc Lavoine ,an occasional actor ,notably in Chabrol's "L'Enfer" )and of the young teacher should be underwritten. All that concerns the gypsy rings true and of course they use their own language (there's an alternative gypsy title ,used abroad).And they make wonderful music.


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