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Transylvania (2006)

Zingarina, who is two-months pregnant, travels from France to Transylvania with her friend Marie to seek out her lover Milan Agustin that was deported from France. They hire the guide and ... See full summary »


Tony Gatlif


Tony Gatlif
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Credited cast:
Asia Argento ... Zingarina
Amira Casar ... Marie
Birol Ünel ... Tchangalo
Alexandra Beaujard Alexandra Beaujard ... Luminitsa
Marco Castoldi ... Milan Agustin
Bea Palya Bea Palya ... La chanteuse du cabaret (as Beata Palya)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marina Boldizsac Marina Boldizsac ... La chanteuse ukrainenne
Rares Budileanu Rares Budileanu ... Le jeune musicien
Nicolae Cristache Nicolae Cristache ... Le passeur
Florin Estefan Florin Estefan ... Le chanteur d'opéra
Gabor Gabor ... Gabor, le paysan au traîneau
Simion Lupu Simion Lupu ... Le chanteur d'opéra
Cornel Reileanu Cornel Reileanu ... Le bedeau
Mariana Rus Mariana Rus ... Vandana
Anton Tauf Anton Tauf ... Le pope


Zingarina, who is two-months pregnant, travels from France to Transylvania with her friend Marie to seek out her lover Milan Agustin that was deported from France. They hire the guide and interpreter Luminitsa to help them to find the musician Milan. When she finds him, she is rejected and Milan tells that he was not deported, but left her. Zingarina has a breakdown and leaves Marie on the road, wandering with a street boy. Soon she meets the traveling trader Tchangalo and she joins him in a road travel without destiny. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Zingarina: What is it?
Tchangalo: Vodka!
Zingarina: Vodka!
Tchangalo: What is this?
Zingarina: What?
Tchangalo: This!
Zingarina: Protection.
Tchangalo: Protection? What make a girl like you come to Transylvania?
Zingarina: A man. A great man. Musician.
Tchangalo: Musician? They all times have nice pretty girls like you around them.
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Composed by Tony Gatlif and Delphine Mantoulet
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9 April 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Transylvania (2006)

** (out of 4)

Strange French film has Asia Argento playing a pregnant woman who travels to Romania to locate her lover. When she finds him he turns his back on her so she sets off to discover herself and eventually gets caught up in the country's Gypsy culture. There's been a large storm of controversy over how the country is made to look in this film but I have no opinions on that since I know very little about the country. As for the film, it's a pretty boring affair due in large part to the character Argento plays. Argento delivers a good performance here and really hits some raw energy but her character is so ugly that I had a hard time caring what happened to her. Seeing a pregnant woman constantly throwing down vodka took away some of my feelings for her and although her character is suppose to be going through a hard time it hit me as a crazy woman. Another problem with the film is that it seems to have been written as it went along as there's never a clear path as to what type of film its trying to be. To say the film is uneven might be an understatement. The strangest scene in the movie has to be where Argento's character is in a white robe and gets a milk bath as some sort of ritual. This offers a tad bit of nudity from the actress and this here is certainly the only energy the film has going for it. The actress also offers a look at her rather amazing tattoo on her stomach.

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Release Date:

4 October 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Transylwania See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »


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Dolby Digital



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2.35 : 1
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