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The Crazy Stranger (1997)

Gadjo dilo (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 7 August 1998 (USA)
A man is looking for a singer he had heard on cassette. He finds much more.

Director:

Tony Gatlif

Writers:

Tony Gatlif (original screenplay and adaptation), Kits Hilaire (screenplay adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Stéphane
Rona Hartner ... Sabina
Izidor Serban Izidor Serban ... Isidor
Ovidiu Balan Ovidiu Balan ... Sami
Angela Serban Angela Serban ... Angela
Aurica Ursan Aurica Ursan ... Aurica
Vasile Serban Vasile Serban ... Vasile
Ioan Serban Ioan Serban ... Ioan
Gheorge Gherebenec Gheorge Gherebenec ... Gheorge
Dan Astileanu Dan Astileanu ... Dumitru
Valentin Teodosiu Valentin Teodosiu ... Le Secrétaire de Mairie / Denech
Petre Nicolae Petre Nicolae ... L'Épicier
Calman Kantor Calman Kantor ... Radu
Florin Moldovan Florin Moldovan ... Adriani
Adrian Simionescu Adrian Simionescu ... L'Enfant Prodige
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Storyline

Stéphane, a young French man from Paris, travels to Romania. He is looking for the singer Nora Luca, whom his father had heard all the time before his death. Wandering along a frozen road, he meets old Izidor, a member of the Roma (Gypsy) and tells him of Nora Luca. Izidor seems to understand and takes him to his village. Stéphane believes that Izidor will take him to Nora Luca when the time has come. So, he lives in the Roma(Gypsy) village for several months. The other inhabitants dislike him at first (as he comes from those who call them thieves and attack their folks) but when they as they get to know him better, they grow to like him. In summer, the ice between him and beautiful Sabina finally cracks, and a secret is revealed. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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In Every Soul There is a Gypsy

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Romania | France

Language:

French | Romanian | Romany

Release Date:

7 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Estrangeiro Louco See more »

Filming Locations:

Transylvania, Romania See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,136, 9 August 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$673,153, 3 January 1999
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Runtime:

| (Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Third movie of Tony Gatlif's trilogy on the Romani people. It was preceded by Les princes (1983) and Latcho Drom (1993). See more »

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Follows Les princes (1983) See more »

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A deeply moving celebration of the wildness in the human spirit
11 October 1998 | by johnwebSee all my reviews

This film tells of one man's search for a singer amidst the chaotically beautiful gypsies of Roumania. It is a delicious, funny, crazy and richly erotic celebration of the wildness in the human spirit. Yet there is a shadowy undercurrent that surfaces at times in the film. This is honestly faced and thus the story avoids romanticising of a culture that the director evidently knows well (he was of gypsy birth himself). Despite the destructive power of this shadow what remains is a sense of the power of survival, joy, and a memory of music that is compelling beautiful.


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