In this luminous tale set in the area around Sarajevo and in Italy, Perhan, an engaging young Romani (gypsy) with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime, which threatens to destroy him and those he loves.
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Una obra maestra, tal vez de las últimas que pueden calificarse así. Kusturica rodó con inmensa fuerza expresiva un viaje físico y mental, y espiritual también, de una serie de personajes que se asoman con desparpajo ante nosotros espectadores, para mostrarnos su mundo cotidiano, un mundo en donde hay magia (esa noche de san Jorge...) y también bandolerismo, como corresponde a los nómadas. Excelente fotografía.
One of the films I'm rewatching from time to time (and by the way that made me fall for the art of film as I watched it for the first time in cinema). Kusturica's ability to create a bizarre world full of love and betrayal combining it with humor as well as with absurdities, surreal visuals (e.g. the dream sequences) and tragic moments led to a real cinematic highlight.
It's hard to imagine that Danny Boyle wasn't taking notes for Slumdog Millionaire. Opens up a little part of the world that we too often disregard and brush away as nuisance into an empathetic poem to the universal tragedies of life.
This is a fantastic movie. The tone and atmosphere are delightful and somehow magical. The story is also fun and heartbreaking at the same time. I can't wait to see Underground now, also directed by Emir Kuśturića.
A rather extraordinary film, by turns strange and engaging, which is sometimes difficult to watch (and understand). It relies on and will have confirmed many prejudices and stereotypes about the Roma, but also attempts to portray a culture seldom understood. Even the magical realism links in to the idea of 'gypsies' (derived from the myth they originated form of Egypt) having (mythical) magical powers.