Committed Gypsy-culture chronicler Tony Gatlif (Latcho Drom) dramatizes the true story of a migrant family suffering persecution in Nazi-occupied France. It has all the outlines of a Hollywood ham-fister, with a Schindler-like local (Lavoine) springing the clan from an internment camp and the camera following in exuberant pursuit as the resident holy fool (Thierre) hurls headlong through glades and open windows. But tragic story or not, Gatlif remains less interested in melodramatic consequence than he is in celebrating the textures and rhythms of the Roma. Even as it stands as a cinematic monument to mass suffering, Korkoro can't help but swing, strum and celebrate life for as long as it lasts.
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