Within the first five minutes, I was sold. At first, it seemed to be just another pretentiously 'artistic' film, but it quickly picked up and suddenly you're thrust into the characters' lives. While each of the characters are interesting in their own way, the character Taloche totez steals the show. I enjoyed every moment that he was on the screen 'cause he's just so full of energy and good humor. The humor, when used, was on! point! The movie is chock-full of Gypsy music, one of my personal favorites, and it helps to keep the movie going. Beautiful stuff.
While the coherence of the film is just slightly off, it certainly doesn't take away from enjoying the film. The setting, storyline, and timeframe of each scene jumps around and there are a lot of issues that get brought up but never resolved or even explained. Still, it was absolutely beautiful to watch and the characters were so well portrayed that the lack of any in-depth analysis of just about anything can be overlooked. The art direction was truly superb and there are certain shots that are just breath-taking. Sure, it can be a little stereotypical and certainly a bit romanticized, but hey.. isn't that what we go to the movies for?
Watch it for Gypsy music, for beautiful cinematography, and certainly for entertaining and genuine characters. Overall, I guess I'd give it a 8 out of 10.