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.
The gypsy version of The Godfather by the indomitable genius of Kusturica. An unconventional tale of ethnic cliches, timeless wanderers and gypsy magic. An iconoclastic film in a league of its own meandering through a pedestrian plot while at the same time keping the windows open to let some magic stardust filter through the curtains.
A wonderful piece of cinema. Every single shot so carefully and thoughtfully set up with such honest performances from all the main cast. The mix of realism with elements of fantasy is just magical and helps create a slightly surreal but utterly believable world. The theme of dreams within reach that are snatched away from us at the last minute was quite heartbreaking. Beautiful score from Goran Bregovic.
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.