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Max is on holiday at his grandmother's place in the Elzas in France. He's fascinated by the guitar playing of gypsy Miraldo. In exchange for writing letters to the social security ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Oscar Copp Oscar Copp ... Max
Lou Rech Lou Rech ... Swing
Tchavolo Schmitt Tchavolo Schmitt ... Miraldo
Mandino Reinhardt Mandino Reinhardt ... Mandino
Abdellatif Chaarani Abdellatif Chaarani ... Khalid
Fabienne Mai Fabienne Mai ... Max's grandmother
Ben Zimet Ben Zimet ... Dr. Liberman
Hélène Mershtein Hélène Mershtein ... Puri Daï
Colette Lepage Colette Lepage ... Miraldo's wife
Alberto Hoffman Alberto Hoffman ... Calo
Marie Genin Marie Genin ... Max's mother
Sha-Sha Sha-Sha ... Farida
Moïra Montier-Dauriac Moïra Montier-Dauriac ... Moïra
Ghalia Benali Ghalia Benali ... Ghania
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Hayat Ayad Hayat Ayad
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Max is on holiday at his grandmother's place in the Elzas in France. He's fascinated by the guitar playing of gypsy Miraldo. In exchange for writing letters to the social security institutes he gets guitar lessons from Miraldo. He becomes friends with Swing, a boyish gypsy girl, who shows him nature and takes him to exuberant musical evenings. Written by depruis

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Gypsy music and a little romance

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French | Romany

Release Date:

20 March 2002 (France) See more »

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Gypsy Swing See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Not fully realized plot but music is full of joy
10 March 2003 | by howard.schumannSee all my reviews

Characterized by both gentle and frenetic rhythms, the vibrant music of the Manouche resounds throughout Swing the latest film by director Tony Gatlif. The Manouche are Gypsies living in the Alsace area of France whose music combines the rhythm, melody, and emotion of their own culture with the jazz, swing, and blues of American. Gatlif, of Algerian and Gypsy ancestry, has made numerous films dealing with Gypsy cultures around the world such as the acclaimed 1993 documentary Latcho Drom. This film not only provides a unique insight into Gypsy life but is also a charming coming-of-age story about two unlikely friends.

Max (Oscar Copp) is a blond-haired, blue-eyed French ten-year old who is on vacation at his grandmother's house. He is drawn to Swing (Lou Rech), a boyish-looking girl of his age and is captivated by the music that is an integral part of her life. Fascinated by the guitar music of the Django Reinhardt School played by Miraldo (Tchavolo Schmidt), he buys an old guitar and asks Miraldo to give him lessons in exchange for help in writing letters to the Welfare Department. Max and Swing explore the natural beauty of the countryside together, wandering along the lost roads and hidden rivers of the French countryside. When she invites him to musical evenings at her home, he learns the history and songs of the Manouche and their tribulations during the holocaust.

The story is slight and not fully realized but it doesn't matter. The film is not about the story but about the people, their music, and their way of life. Gypsies have been one of the most persecuted ethnic minorities throughout history. Like the Jews, their numbers were decimated during the Holocaust and their heritage and traditions are in jeopardy. Gatlif says, "I'm simply trying to transmit something that is disappearing… I am trying to be a witness". Swing transmits that "something" with meaning and joy.


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