Directed: Tony Gatlif
Country: France, Japan
Language: French, Romany
Genre: Coming of Age, Drama, Musical
During the summer holidays, Max, a 10-year old boy, stays with his grandmother in the Alsace region of France. Frequently, he slips away to visit a community of Manouche gypsies, having befriended a young gypsy girl named Swing. A fan of the gypsy jazz musician Django Reinhardt, Max trades his Walkman for a guitar and takes music lessons from one of the gypsies, Miraldo. The experiences this summer gives Max will last him a lifetime…
Movie ReviewsThis quite wonderful film isn`t only a showcase for gypsy music, something Tony Gatlif has celebrated in his other films. It`s about one memorable summer in the lives of two 10-year-olds, a time of discovery, friendship and love. Oscar Copp and Lou Rech are miraculously good as the youngsters, and there are very natural performances, too, from Tchavolo Schmidt as the guitar maestro and Helen Mershstein as an elderly woman who recalls, with reluctance, the horrors of the war. The music scenes are great, but this is much more than just a music film; the screen lights up with the warmth and humanity on display.