Having lived and worked in Russia for one year, where the Gypsies are everywhere and seemed exactly like they do in this movie, I can vouch that this wonderful film is something you will never forget. After I saw this, I availed myself of the many books that have been written about the Gypsy or Rom culture. They are originally descended--it is thought--from India. However, they have been nomadic for so long it is hard to pin them down. The Rom culture is very strong and family oriented. They have, unfortunately, been the subject of much persecution.