Gitano (2000), or
Gypsy is a film with several very strong points, hopelessly
marred by a weak plot.
Joaquín Cortés, a
Gypsy, returns to Granada after two years in prison. We learn
very little about why he was there, other than the fact that he
was in a band with his wife and two friends, and on the verge of
making it big, when one of the friends was killed, his wife ran
off with a record producer, and he was left to take the rap. His
first order of business is to avenge the death, then he tries to
find out exactly what happened, and attempts to get his wife
back. The police, who don't like gypsies anyway, harass him at
every turn. There is no dark mystery that he sleuths cleverly to
unravel, just a matter of his bothering those whom he thinks are
guilty until the truth comes out.
On the plus side, the film is dripping with atmosphere largely
due to the DP, Hans Burman, and a wonderful flamenco score. We
also have three very hot sex scenes with extended nudity in two
of them. I suggest ordering the sound track and skipping
the film. C-
That's good advice
from Tuna, especially if you like the sensuous Spanish-Gypsy
music. The movie is nothing special, and the transfer is not
impressive at all.
I was disappointed
that Laetitia Casta's face doesn't photograph as well in movies
as in her modeling gigs. She has kind of a crooked mouth, with a
pronounced overbite. Her body, however, is spectacular by any
definition, and I thought that the sexiest scene had nothing to
do with sex. It was the one in which she runs away from Cortés.
Laetitia Casta running in a low-cut gown is truly a sight to