To raise money to marry his childhood sweetheart he leaves for Italy where he soon learns the ‘traditional’ life skills of begging, stealing and pimping on the streets of Milan. With its precise observation of gypsy life, amazing images and stunning performances by a cast of mostly Romany non-professionals, this extraordinary film explores the music and mystical force of Romany culture with a wild and crazy energy.
“Lyrical, elliptical, mesmerising and disconcerting, this is an exhilarating insight into . . . Roma culture.” Empire
Winner of the Best Director Award, Cannes Film Festival 1989