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Rated NR · 115 minutes · 2007

Documentary, Musical
Don't wait for Jasmine Dellal's doc to end up broken between pledge-drive pitches: This joyous portrait of the 2001 "Gypsy Caravan" tour -- a Stateside showcase of Romani musicians representing their culture as splintered across Romania, Macedonia, Spain, and India -- deserves to have its brilliant colors, lavish costumes, and vivacious musical numbers seen on the big screen. More than a vibrant experiment in ethnomusical cross-pollination, it's just great fun, tempered by loss but rippling with gusto -- and that's even before a climactic appearance by Esma Redzepova, the Macedonian "Queen of the Gypsies" (and you'd dispute her?), an Etta James-meets-Edith Piaf force of nature who displays the performing zest of a Catskills tummler. Legendary documentarian Albert Maysles was one of the cinematographers; watch for the cameo by a Big Hollywood Star, as if his swashbuckling plumage of late and laissez-faire cool hadn't already outed him as a wannabe Rom.
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Director: Jasmine Dellal
Writer: Jasmine Dellal
Producer: Jasmine Dellal
Cast: Esma Redzepova, Antonio El Pipa, Flamenco Ensemble, Taraf de Haidouks, Maharaja, Fanfare Ciocarlia and Johnny Depp

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