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Vengo (2000)

Cast: Antonio Canales, Bobote, Antonio Dechent
Director: Tony Gatlif, Tony Gatlif
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Homevision
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Spain, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
The rich and passionate sounds of Spanish flamenco music provide the backdrop for this emotional drama of two families at war. Caco (Antonio Canales) is a man whose family has long been at odds with the Caravacas, a prominent family living in the same village. Mario, Caco's brother, murdered one of the Caravacas, and now the family is out for blood, with Mario's son Diego (Orestes Villasan Rodriguez) the expected target. Caco has lost a daughter of his own, whom Diego loved, and Caco is determined to spare his nephew the same fate. But guarding the young man is no easy task in the hilly country of southern Spain. Vengo also features performances by a number of noted flamenco performers, including La Paquera de Jerez. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Great movie by RDillingham November 1, 2005 - 11:54 AM PST
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Terrific movie! Excellent music! A spare plot that works with the music and does not get in its way. Good acting.

Evocative art is showcased as much as the storyline by hneline1 September 17, 2003 - 1:42 AM PDT
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If you like the music of "The Gypsy Kings" or if you want to see flamenco without the frufru dresses or if you're just interested in gypsy culture, you'll appreciate this film. Similar to other excellent movies where the art is showcased as much as the storyline (Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Buena Vista Social Club, Carlos Saura's Tango, Danzon, Tango Bar), Vengo creates multiple opportunities for various real artists to perform powerful vignettes. The singing, guitar and percussion of the guest musicians (Tomatito, Sheikh Ahmad al Tuni, La Caita, Gritos de Guerra, Remedios Silva Pisa, La Paquera de Jerez, et al) are simply beautiful, and the grace of the flamenco dancing is evocative. I love the complexity of the rhythm.

Now, honestly, I didn't notice the plot and acting too much because I was so enchanted by the music and dance, but at least it didn't detract from my enjoyment, like that horrible storyline and lack of acting ability did in The Tango Lesson. Also, I highly recommend watching a warm short in the Extras called "Los Alemendros -- Plaza Nueva", about a cranky bus driver who drives through a gypsy neighborhood. There is a brief dance between a young man and woman while the bus is moving that is electrifying, and it was fun to watch the bus culture as neighbors interacted with each other and slowly welcomed the driver as an insider to their extended family.




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Modernish movies on DVD about the passion of dance, including favorite dance scenes. :-)
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