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Gadjo Dilo

The title of Tony Gatlif's 1997 French feature is Romany for “crazy stranger”; the stranger, our main point of identification, is a young scholar and music buff from France who scours the Romanian countryside looking for a legendary singer until a direct and extended encounter with Gypsy culture throws him for a loop. The third part of Gatlif's “Gypsy Trilogy”—after Latcho Drom (which I revere) and The Princes (which I haven't seen)—this is a pretty good romantic comedy with neither the formal originality nor the musical excitement of Latcho Drom, though it's certainly watchable and entertaining throughout. In French with subtitles. 121 min.

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