| LATCHO DROM
Released by Broadway Inc.
This is a Japanese version, please read information on the bottom of this page before purchasing!
DVD - 103 minutes
by Tony Gatlif A spellbinding sound-and-image symphony depicting the
nomadic culture of the Rom people, better known as gypsies. Journeying
westward from the deserts of India through the alleyways of Istanbul,
past the wintry sites of German concentration camps, and onwards
through the summery French countryside to the urban wastelands of
Spain, Latcho Drom immerses us in gypsy culture through lyrical
widescreen images and intoxicating musical performances.
majestic, French-made film wishes viewers a "latcho drom"--a safe
journey--as it follows the roots of the Rom, traveling people better
known as Gypsies. Stunning and evocative, it transcends language and
culture, bringing together the best elements of National
Geographic-style documentary and music video in a kind of
anthropological MTV. Using only music and image, without any steady
characters or plot, award-winning director Tony Gatlif (himself of Rom
descent) tells a compelling story of Rom migrations from Northern India
to Europe and the rest of the world. Beginning with a gathering of
lavishly dressed nomads singing across the harsh deserts of Rajasthan,
viewers are transported through the lush oases of Egypt into the
ghettoes of Turkey, from the muddy lanes of Eastern Europe through lush
French fields to the windswept coastal cities of Spain. Every step of
the way, there are hypnotic reminders of the harshness and beauty of
the Rom lifestyle: the rhythms of labor pounding into vibrant dance,
the songs of Turkish flower sellers merging with the plaintive
political satires of a gray-haired Romanian violinist. Music is
everywhere--children barely able to walk dance alongside
great-grandmothers--and covers all styles and subjects--from the wintry
strains of an Auschwitz lament to a flamenco devotional in a Spanish
shrine to a festive Dixieland number that borrows as much from New
Orleans as from northern India. And wordless stories abound, told in
the smiles of strangers waiting for a train or in the frowns of
rifle-toting farmers come to evict travelers from their land.
movie has only been released on DVD in Japan. Therefore, this is an
imported Japanese version. The subtitles are in Japanese with no
English. It is also a region 2 DVD disc that is only playable on
multiregion or region 2 DVD players. Please be sure your machine is
able to play this disc before purchasing!