#Cinema Balkan 18# Time of the Gypsies 1988 (Dom za vešanje)
I haven't seen this movie since many years so using this lockdown to see some of the old films again.
This is the legendary film from former Yugoslavia, and the one that kick-started the career of Emir Kusturica (Underground, Black Cat White Cat). At the beginning of the film, a tale is told about how God came to Earth but couldn't stand the gypsies. Always marginalized, and surviving in utter poverty, Roma/Romani communities live pretty harsh and chaotic lives.
This is the film that put Yugoslavia on the map of world cinema in the 80s, and rightly so. It embraces a kind of magic realism, and often blurs the line between reality and dream sequences. In a film like this, dreams are a part of life. This sense of illumination is only enhanced by the music of Goran Bregović. Time of the Gypsies is an epic film with a broad scope, and although it centers on certain characters, it also takes in an entire community and their spirit. One strand of the narrative is about a young man Perhan, with special powers, and how this gift ruins his life - who goes to Milan with the prospect of becoming rich and then returning to his homeland . But it is about so much more than that, because it's bursting at the seams with both life and death. Hilarious and witty, absurd and insane.
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