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Gypo (2005)

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It charts the breakdown of a working class family when the teenage daughter befriends a refugee girl. Helen has been married to Paul for 25 years. They live a monotonous and frozen ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Pauline McLynn ... Helen
Chloe Sirene ... Tasha
Paul McGann ... Paul
Rula Lenska ... Irina
Tamzin Dunstone Tamzin Dunstone ... Kelly
Barry Latchford Barry Latchford ... Jimmy
Freddie Connor ... Tasha's Husband
Tom Stuart Tom Stuart ... Darren
Olegar Fedoro ... Tasha's Father
Sean Wilton Sean Wilton ... Art Tutor
Angelica O'Reilly Angelica O'Reilly ... Prostitute
Rebecca Clow Rebecca Clow ... Terminal Hostess
Majid Iqbal Majid Iqbal ... Illegal Worker
Ashley McGuire Ashley McGuire ... Penny
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josef Altin ... Michael


It charts the breakdown of a working class family when the teenage daughter befriends a refugee girl. Helen has been married to Paul for 25 years. They live a monotonous and frozen existence. Helen is desperate, damaged, and looking for change. Paul - bitter, hypocritical and bigoted, sick and tired of being in the poverty trap - is on the brink of a breakdown. His biggest fear is change. Into their lives comes Tasha, a Romany Czech refugee, awaiting her British passport and her chance for freedom - a concept taken for granted by all those around her. Told in three revelatory narratives, each from a particular character's point of view, reveals how the disintegration of an ordinary working class family finally comes to a head when unexpected emotions are unleashed. Written by Production Office

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There are three sides to every story


Drama | Family


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Release Date:

20 October 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cigó See more »

Filming Locations:

Margate, Kent, England, UK See more »


Box Office


£300,000 (estimated)
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First British feature to be registered as Dogme film. See more »

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If I Could Conquer You
Music & Lyrics by Christiane Bjørg Nielsen (as Christiane Bjørg-Nielsen)
Arrangements by Flemming Borby
Performed by Labrador
Produced by Flemming Borby
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If you've got some time to waste..
23 July 2007 | by healingcoloursSee all my reviews

Gypo was a big disappointment. At the start of the film the screenplay was very unrealistic and I told my girlfriend about ten minutes in that if it didn't get better I would turn it off. I held out and when the story changed person it got a lot better.

Pauline McLynn outperformed the script, she is capable of far better things. However, despite her best efforts, she just couldn't convince that Paul McGann was her husband; they were a mismatch. The star of the show was Chloe Sirene, who pulled off the Czech accent so well that she had me convinced (it wasn't until I watched the DVD extras that I found out she was English).

All in all this is a poor film. I think the director was so obsessed with meeting the rules of the 'dogme' method that she was ignorant to the fact that people would actually have to watch it. Why make a film to comply with a set of rules when you should be making it to pleasure the viewer?

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