Time Of The Gypsies

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

The third film from the Yugoslavian director of the acclaimed WHEN FATHER WAS AWAY ON BUSINESS was inspired by a newspaper article on the inter-European trade in young Gypsy children. The result is an extraordinary epic that employs an elliptical, fantastic style influenced by Latin American magic realism and features nonprofessional, gypsy actors delivering...read more

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The third film from the Yugoslavian director of the acclaimed WHEN FATHER WAS AWAY ON BUSINESS was inspired by a newspaper article on the inter-European trade in young Gypsy children. The result is an extraordinary epic that employs an elliptical, fantastic style influenced by Latin

American magic realism and features nonprofessional, gypsy actors delivering most of their dialogue in Romanian (a language the director barely understands). It's a remarkable achievement.

A kindhearted Gypsy teenager, Perhan (Dujmovic, who costarred in WHEN FATHER WAS AWAY), is forced to leave his ramshackle home in the Skopje ghetto to accompany his young sister Danira (Sali) on a journey to a hospital where she is to undergo an operation on her bad leg, courtesy of Ahmed

(Todorovic), the richest man in the ghetto. Danira and Perhan become separated, and he spends the rest of the film trying to find her so that he can return home and marry Azra (Trpkova), the girl of his dreams. During his odyssey Perhan loses his innocence and learns the brutal ways of the world.

Kusturica has said that his style in this film is a mixture of Ford and Bunuel, and GYPSIES has telling echoes of both, bringing its characters vividly and vitally to life. But there are also echoes of Coppola's GODFATHER films here--in GYPSIES' operatic tone and tragic vision, as well as the

parallels between both films' treatment of a criminal ethnic subculture. Kusturica also conveys a genuine sense of wonder at the Gypsies' ability to live, love, and dream amid the squalor by which they are surrounded. This is a major work that augurs well for the director's future.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: R
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