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GYPO, 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. Helen (Pauline McLynn) has been married to Paul (Paul McGann) for 25 years. They live a monotonous and frozen existence. Helen is desperate, damaged, and looking for change. Paul - bitter and bigoted, sick and tired of being in the poverty trap - is on the brink of a breakdown. His biggest fear is change. One day, their teenage daughter brings home her new friend Tasha, a Romany Czech refugee, awaiting her British passport and her chance for freedom.

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Jan Dunn and actor Pauline McLynn
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Pauline McLynn, Chloe Sirene, Paul McGann, Rula Lenska, Tamzin Dunstone
  • Directors: Jan Dunn
  • Writers: Jan Dunn
  • Producers: Jan Dunn, Barry Bassett, Elaine Wickham, James O'Donnell, James Thomas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,811 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gypo" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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GYPO (the word is prejudiced slang for 'gypsy', those Eastern European immigrants settling in England) is a Dogma 95 production that works on every level. This film tells a story from three vantages of how a young girl from the Czech Republic impacts a dysfunctional working class family in England. The story is simple on the surface, intricately complex in the meaning, and extraordinarily well presented by a small independent group of dedicated artists.

A word about Dogma 95 films: originally formed by four Danish directors in 1995 with the premise of 'purifying filmmaking by refusing expensive and spectacular special effects, post production modification and other gimmicks to focus on the actual story and on actors' performances', there have been to date 84 Dogma films, the most celebrated being the Danish FESTEN (The Celebration). A Dogma film must be, among other things, filmed in color on location without extraneous light using a hand held camera without optical filters, have no music added postproduction, and the director must not be credited! GYPO fulfills all of these restrictions and despite the fact that this title page on Amazon names the 'director' as Jan Dunn, she is actually the writer and facilitator of the film.

The setting is England in contemporary times, the film is divided into three sections each of which tells the same story but from three different character's vantage.
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Overall, this is a good movie if you are into creative filmmaking. The movie is shot in 3 vignettes, each one from the perspective of one of three different characters - Helen, her husband Paul, and her daughter's new friend, Tasha, a gypsy refugee from Czech Republic. Basically, you see the same story played three different times, but each time, you see everything from a new perspective, and with different camera angles and dialogue. It's like getting each person's version of what happens in the story. I won't bother rehashing the plot; you've probably already read that if you are already looking at customer reviews. Suffice it to say this is a very interesting movie, made all the more interesting by the different perspectives and the fact that the characters were given a basic plot for each scene and very little dialogue. The actors adlibbed many, if not most, of their lines. I think that Paul McGann (who plays Paul) turned in the best performance. Mr. McGann is a fine actor; I've seen several of his movies and have always enjoyed his work. But this performance is notable for its rawness. Watching him blink his eyes rapidly, clench his jaw, tighten is muscles, jut his chin out, or even snapping his gum is a treat - it reminds you of a wild panther about to attack. He really conveyed a man about to have an emotional breakdown. Fine performances from most of the cast, with my least favorite being Rula Lenska's. Ms. Lenska just didn't seem as comfortable in the role as the others. One other interesting bit of trivia about the film: it was shot in a real home. The owners left during filming and the actors simply used everything they found in the home - all of the furniture, appliances, even the food in the refrigerator. In cooking scenes, the actors were using food they found in the owner's fridge. Overall, a fascinating way to make a movie, if you like that kind of thing. I do.
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Disillusioned housewife Helen (Pauline McLynn) lives a frustrating life with a bitter, angry husband (Paul McGann) and two ungrateful children in Margate. One day, her daughter Kelly (Tamzin Dunstone) brings home a few college friends, one of which is young Romany Czech refugee Tasha (Chloe Sirene). Helen and Tasha instantly connect and continue to keep in contact even though Tasha's friendship with Kelly dwindles.

Helen and Tasha's friendship grows closer as they sympathize with each other's situation. Tasha and her mother (Rula Lenska) have escaped Czechoslovakia and the oppression of her father and husband's grasp and are now awaiting their British citizenship. When Tasha makes advances towards her, Helen is initially shocked but soon responds enthusiastically. Just when their romance is blooming, Tasha's husband catches up to them, forcing Tasha and her mother to return to Czechoslovakia. Helen then races against time to catch up to Tasha and free her for

Written and directed by Jan Dunn, this independent film chronicles the breakdown of a middle class family and the awakening of one woman to the pleasures of lesbian love. The story itself is revealed in three segments, through the eyes of Helen, her husband Paul and Tasha

Pauline McLynn, known mainly for her comedic work (Father Ted, Jam & Jerusalem) is fantastic as desperate housewife Helen trying to better herself while being inhibited at every turn by her resentful husband. Chloe Sirene is sexy and sweet as Czech immigrant Tasha as she struggles
to leave her past behind and start a new life in England.

Chris Alderson
Author of the 2013 Lesbian Film Guide
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