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Korkoro (2009)

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... See full summary »

Director:

Tony Gatlif

Writers:

Tony Gatlif, Lucy Allwood (translation and adaptation)
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Lavoine ... Théodore Rosier
Marie-Josée Croze ... Mademoiselle Lundi
James Thierrée James Thierrée ... Félix Lavil dit Taloche (as James Thiérrée)
Mathias Laliberté Mathias Laliberté ... P'tit Claude
Carlo Brandt ... Pierre Pentecôte
Rufus ... Fernand
Arben Bajraktaraj ... Darko
George Babluani ... Kako (as Georges Babluani)
Ilir Selmoski Ilir Selmoski ... Chavo (as Iljir Selimoski)
Kevyn Diana Kevyn Diana ... Zanko
Bojana Panic ... Tina
Raya Bielenberg Raya Bielenberg ... Puri Dai
Thomas Baumgartner Thomas Baumgartner ... Tatane
Francisc 'Csangalo' Mezei Francisc 'Csangalo' Mezei ... Tchangalo
Tincuta-Anita Mezei 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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Drama | War

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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 »

Soundtracks

Le Temps des Cerises
Music by Antoine Renard
Lyrics by Jean-Baptiste Clément
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Gatlif tackles the war
14 March 2010 | by paulmartin-2See all my reviews

I've seen half a dozen or so of Tony Gatlif's films and I've enjoyed them all - in fact his previous film, Transylvania, was my equal favourite cinema release of 2008. While Gatlif's work documents the way of the Roma (gypsies), the themes are universal: celebrations of music, culture, ethnicity and so on. It's the dramatic and visual way in which Gatlif portrays these elements that has much impact for me.

Korkoro certainly doesn't disappoint. The visuals are beautifully rendered, and the frame is used wonderfully - sometimes with extreme close-ups, sometimes panoramic. Like Robert Guédiguian's latest film, The Army of Crime, the film is set during World War II. According to the end credits, an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 of Europe's 2 million pre-war gypsies died at the hands of the Nazis. This story follows a wandering family of 15 of those.

The Germans in occupied France decreed a law forbidding the movement of itinerants and this family find themselves stranded in a town where they seasonally perform farm work, before they are imprisoned in a camp. The family has the sympathy of the town's mayor - who provides land for the family - and the local teacher, Mademoiselle Lundi (Marie-Josée Croze), who is based on the real-life resistance fighter Yvette Lundy.

I love this film. Not only does it have all the trademark Gatlif traits: wild depictions of gypsy life, wild music and spurts of insanity, but its presentation of the rarely depicted and tragic part that the Roma played in WWII combine to make this a lovely story.

Some of the visuals are amazing, like a sick horse and its gypsy treatment (it'll have you wondering how the hell they got animals to 'act'). The cinematography is superb. The acting is strong and Croze's role is especially beautifully understated. Well worth seeing.


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Official Sites:

UGC Distribution [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French | German | Romany

Release Date:

24 February 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Liberté See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,224, 27 March 2011

Gross USA:

$8,242

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$627,088
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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