The Princes | Chicago Reader

The Princes

This 1982 French film, an early work of Latcho drom director Tony Gatlif, is uncomfortable, moving, and occasionally poetic in its treatment of a Gypsy family and its brutal, misogynistic patriarch. Nara seems both admirable and repulsive when he beats a tourist who refuses to stop photographing his homeless family, and despite problematic attitudes, he suddenly seems authentic when a flighty, fatuous journalist begins questioning him about the status of Gypsy women. Gatlif refuses to pass judgment on the family, instead showing how these dislocated, marginalized people try to preserve fragments of their culture.

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