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1998 Award Winning DVD directed by Tony Gatlif (Vengo, Swing), aka The Crazy Stranger. A young French man travels to Romania in search of a legendary Gypsy singer, whom his father had heard all the time before his death. He then falls in love with an attractive and high-strung Gypsy dancer. Original French Dialogue & Optional English & Chinese subtitles. Dolby digital 5.1. Stereo. Code 3 / NTSC. Panorama. 2002.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Romain Duris, Valentin Teodosiu, Ovidiu Balan, Dan Astileani, Rona Hartner
  • Directors: Tony Gatlif
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Import, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: PANORAMA
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002JC5E8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,724 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ronelle Coburn on September 23, 2008
Format: DVD
Gadjo Dilo is a wonderful meditation of the difference between the idealistic (or, on the other side, racist) arm's-distance view people of one culture can have of another and what it means to see others as yourself (or yourself as other). The great irony, of course, as a viewer of this film, is that you yourself are just a passing voyeur who consumes a bit of Rom culture for as long as its on the screen...then you return to the life you actually have, wherever you are. An absorbing story draws you in and gives you just a little taste of what it means to be Rom in modern times...and how it hasn't changed much over the centuries.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By e1x56u$*w# on June 26, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
In an era when Hollywood has degenerated to the point of only being able to crank out such "masterpieces" as the Austin Powers series, "Dumb and Dumber" and "American Pie", or recycling old ideas in new and even shoddier versions like "Starsky & Hutch" and "Walking Tall", it's reassuring to see that filmmakers outside the good ol' U.S. of A. can still manage to make films which deal with real human emotions rather than crass cynicism.
This movie focuses on the story of a young Frenchman who inherits an old casette tape that his anthropologist father once made of a traditional Gypsy singer. Seeing her voice as a link to his dead father and a channel for his grief, he sets off on an obsessive quest to far-flung Romania in search of the songstress.
Watching this movie which was shot entirely on location in the Romanian countryside, I was struck at how lucky we are these days, as until the end of the Cold War just a few years ago, an Algerian director shooting a film with a French actor in the wilds of Romania would have been a totally unimaginable thing. And it was a treat watching a film which is entirely in Romany (aka Gypsy) language, along with some French and Romanian.
In Romania, the youth goes to a Romany (Gypsy) village. But being unable to understand even a word of each other's language, the villagers have fun making sport of him by heaping him with obscenitites. But eventually he does make friends and gradually becomes drawn into the fabric of Romany daily life. Along the way, we the viewers also come to experience and understand the carefree and spirited zest for life that permeates Romany culture.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Seh on November 2, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This was the first Gatlif film I watched in full. I was blown away.
Gadjo Dilo ("Crazy Stranger") refers to Romain Duris' character a Frenchman who goes to Romania to find a Gypsy singer he has a recording of. Does he find her? Well, I won't tell you, but what he does finds is the heart and the soul of the Gypsy world, the music. Meanwhile, we discover a world mostly unknown in our structured "West" - human, funny, raw, passionate.
I must have taken friends to see it on 3 separate occasions when it was in the theatre when it came out a few years ago. I have the soundtrack, and now I'm buying a copy of the video for my husband who's never seen it (but who loves the CD).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. James D. Easton on March 16, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
In various languages with subtitles.

Tour de force of cultural and language misunderstandings. I laughed. I cried. An emotional roller coaster that grabs one's heart. Compelling love and ghastly murders all intimately intertwined. Beautiful music and dancing for intermissions. Awesome.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sanjay Shanker on October 29, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Like the previous reviewers, I had trouble finding this film on video, finally locating it through Foreignfilms.com's message board. The film gives us a peek into gypsy life- raw, gritty and uncompromising. It is also an achingly beautiful romance- in the true sense of the word. Coupled with the fine music score, it has a viseral quality that in the end leaves you a little giddy and grateful to people like Tony Gatlif for making movies like this.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Deenie on February 28, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I found this movie late one night on IFC & it caught me right away. Now I have to buy it. I was entranced through the entire film. The music is as good as Latchko Drom, but I love the story even more. It's a "no-holds-barred" tale of passion from both ends of the spectrum. Refreshing and life-affirming.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Gross on November 1, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This film was directed by the same person who did Latcho Drom, another unique and beautiful example of documentary style film-making. I was so touched by this film I knew I had to own it immediately. The soundtrack is also amazing. I highly recommend this film to all people who have a facination with gypsies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Wilson on January 30, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Love this movie! Full of whimsy, longing, and shots of ruggedly handsome but restless people and villages. The heroins find resolution, but not in the way they expect, and by way of of poetic and (very) cathartic heartache, and, yes, love. Add in perfectly-timed puffs at hand-rolled cigarettes and naked winter romps through the forest and you've got a winning combination (this is NOT an endorsement of tobacco, but it does film well)! A great snapshot Transylvania, for those curious about that region. One of the DVDs in my tiny collection. I bought it for all of my friends.
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