Latcho Drom (Safe Journey) is a sensual and sensuous visual and aural tribute to gypsy culture by Tony Gatlif. The filmmaker calls it "a tone poem." It opens with a band of Indian gypsies, or Rom, crossing a desert and then settling down beneath a tree for an extended ritual. For these people, music, song, and dance are food for the soul. Without narration or dialogue, the film moves next to the slums of Istanbul, and then to Romania where an old man chronicles in a ballad the downfall of the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. An elderly woman sings about those who lost their lives at Auschwitz. In France and Spain, gypsies express their joys and sorrows, the ups and downs of their vagabond existence as outsiders. This spellbinding film, with its passionate dance sequences and its dramatic music, will bring out the gypsy in you.
A sensual and sensuous tribute to the gypsy culture.