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DIRECTED BY MARTIN ŠULĺK

Shades of Hamlet among the gypsies (the Roma): A Czech-Slovakian tale of a teenage boy who loses his father and distrusts his sleazy new stepdad. This poignant, resonant drama is equal parts neo-realism and modern Shakespearean tragedy. As Americans, most of us know little of the hardscrabble lives of contemporary gypsies, or their pariah status in Eastern Europe. A multiple prize-winner at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival last year, GYPSY limns memorable portraits, some flecked with bitter humor: the boy who dreams of going to Western Europe so that he may be mistaken for Pakistani; stolen ostriches accepted as payment in lieu of cash; the white documentary film crew whose members combine compassion with unconscious racism. Jan Mizigar gives a superb, naturalistic performance as a child on the brink of adulthood, attempting to shape a future that rejects the more sordid aspects of this world, but one that remains true to family and culture.

CZECH REPUBLIC / SLOVAKIA • 2011 • 107 MINS. • IN SLOVAK & ROMANY WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

REVIEWS

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“Captures a specific way of life without placing it behind glass. A keen sensitivity to its moral difficulties and enlivening details sets GYPSY urgently apart.”
– Michelle Orange, Village Voice

“Martin Sulik’s modern-day Slovakia-shot drama comes rife with nods to the tragedy [Hamlet] – never too on the nose and often freshly reimagined… Best are the film’s tender ghostly visitations from Dad, evoked with a minimum of artiness, and the authentic, impoverished locations.”
– Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

“An amalgam of neorealism, expressionism and absurdity. As in Hamlet, there’s a perturbed spirit, a perfidious brother who usurps his sibling’s wife, and an idealistic young man trying to make sense of the contradictory world… The concept sounds contrives but the film works… The cast performs splendidly.”
–  Rex Roberts, Film Journal International online

“A complex and fascinating portrait of Romani life.” – Tynan Kogane, Cinespect

“The bruising life of a Roma teen takes on shades of Hamlet in Martin Sulik’s poignant and beautifully rendered humanist drama. The script illustrates their (gypsies’) outsider status without being didactic or naïve. The tone here is naturalistic, leavened by brief and touching moments of magical realism. Welcome moment of humor arise from the landscape and daily life.”
– Alissa Simon, Variety