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Transylvania [DVD] [2008]

Asia Argento    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Asia Argento
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Petit Peché
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010X7JPA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,137 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

When impulsive dervish Zingarina (Asia Argento) arrives in the mysterious backwaters of Transylvania, she has but one thing on her mind: to find her long-lost lover and travelling musician, Milan (Marco Castoldi, singer in Italian glam rock group Bluvertigo). After trawling the various clubs and bars with her friend Marie (Amira Casar, The Last Mistress), she eventually finds him, only for Milan to reject her. Totally distraught, Zingarina cuts herself loose from Marie, her belongings and everything she holds dear before stumbling into a series of events and encounters that threaten to send her spiralling over the edge of sanity. Plunged into the confetti, drunken revelry and thrumming festivities of a Romany carnival, she emerges in a daze only to be lured ever deeper into the rolling hills of the Romanian countryside. It is here that she meets the enigmatic Tchangalo (Birol Unel), a travelling trader who takes Zingarina under his wing. Together they embark on a chaotic road trip upon which they indulge in wild bouts of gypsy folk dance, cutthroat roadside bartering and long nights of heady passion.

Review

A love story involving rough-diamon protagonists, raucaous gypsy music, majestic landscapes and an upbeat ending, deftly blended by one of the unsung heroes of art house cinema --Hollywood Reporter

Those who like Gatlif's life-on-the-edge romanticism will get more than their money's worth from this. --Variety.com

A movie like Transylvania is long overdue... Asia Argento is incandescent as Zingarina. --The Guardian


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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars calm down, Asia 1 April 2008
Format:DVD
The story of Transylvania is very simple. A strange French/Italian (who knows?) has come to Transylvania looking for her gypsy lover who was deported from France. She is pregnant and she's brought along her friend, who is slightly less strange. The Gypsy theme continues as the girl, called Zingarina, goes in search of freedom, love and err...doing nothing, wandering through the villages, bars and country roads of Transylvania.

What really irritates me about this film is not how oversimplistic the Romanian/Gypsy way of life is portrayed but how absolutely, incredibly annoying Asia Argento's character is. She wails and screams her way through at least half the film so that she's merely being hysterical in her mellow moments (and people accuse Al Pacino of overacting). Personally, her performance puts a dampner on the whole thing.

Otherwise, what you have is a beautifully shot film with some standout moments (see the one-man party) but a fantasy of sorts. Like Tony Gatlif's previous work, Transylvania yearns for the spiritual freedom of Gypsies (or Roma) which seems to be found by music, alcohol, pain and not caring what anyone else thinks. Just don't expect to learn anything about Transylvania.

Bogdan Tiganov - author of The Wooden Tongue Speaks- Romanians: Contradictions & Realities
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 1 May 2014
By graham
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definitely a 'must-have' ...if you've had yor dvd player a few years then an upgrade is definitely required as you'll miss many of the subtitles - even some of the scenes - same with most of these world cinema films I've noticed
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5.0 out of 5 stars would recommend 18 Dec 2013
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I'd recommend this movie especially to women who have been scorned by lovers in cruel ways ,and how it can lead to a kind of madness/redemption ,it is a ultimately hopeful movie .
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good 9 Nov 2009
Format:DVD
enjoyed the T-Girl in it. Like World Cinema. No hollywood rubbish is sight. You want to watch a movie, and I mean watch and not have as back ground noise whilst you talk, buy this DVD now. Subtitled. Culture brill.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars euro art house film of personal chaos set against ancient cultures 12 Jun 2010
By Robert J. Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is an interesting film, a kaleidescopic cultural panorama set in modern-day Romania. A sensual young woman, pregnant and in some kind of personal crisis, is searching for the father of her unborn child in Transylvania, which displays an incredible mix of cultures: gypsy, romanian, hungarian, and turkish. She is traveling with a loyal friend, who apparently is French, and a convivial translator. They wander through desolate towns, seeking musicians in lively, unbearably grotty bars full of dancers, drunks, and whores.

It all seems like an exotic adventure until the woman has a terrible encounter with reality, which begins her descent into a personal chaos that is terrible to behold. Abandoning her friends with no idea where she is and no money, she takes up with an itinerant trader, who appears to genuinely care for her. Their relationship is equally chaotic - with fights, sex, and meaningless wandering - as the child grows within the woman. The background continues to fascinate with its life, poverty, and the crude grace of traditional peoples. The film simply meanders along - it was filmed without a script - giving hints into what is happening inside the characters without any real answers. The flat rejection by the old lover, for example, implies that the woman is full of an all-consuming need for love and control, doomed and unable to form durable relationships yet suicidally desperate to avoid the emptiness inside. But that is only an interpretation of a single moment.

The cumulative effect is powerful: disorder, living in the present, seeking meaning and contact. None of the principal characters is pleasant or someone you would think worth any investment, but they have charm, as do the characters who pop up in the primitive landscape. The acting is truly wonderful and believable, if raw. Recommended.

Note: I bought this in Britain, new, for $7.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars calm down, Asia 13 May 2008
By Bogdan Tiganov - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The story of Transylvania is very simple. A strange French/Italian (who knows?) has come to Transylvania looking for her gypsy lover who was deported from France. She is pregnant and she's brought along her friend, who is slightly less strange. The Gypsy theme continues as the girl, called Zingarina, goes in search of freedom, love and err...doing nothing, wandering through the villages, bars and country roads of Transylvania.

What really irritates me about this film is not how oversimplistic the Romanian/Gypsy way of life is portrayed but how absolutely, incredibly annoying Asia Argento's character is. She wails and screams her way through at least half the film so that she's merely being hysterical in her mellow moments (and people accuse Al Pacino of overacting). Personally, her performance puts a dampner on the whole thing.

Otherwise, what you have is a beautifully shot film with some standout moments (see the one-man party) but a fantasy of sorts. Like Tony Gatlif's previous work, Transylvania yearns for the spiritual freedom of Gypsies (or Roma) which seems to be found by music, alcohol, pain and not caring what anyone else thinks. Just don't expect to learn anything about Transylvania.

Bogdan Tiganov - author of The Wooden Tongue Speaks: Romanians: Contradictions and Realities
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorite films 14 Feb 2010
By C. Woloch - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful film -- sweet and sexy and sad and soulful and joyful and intelligent, full of gorgeous images and music.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good asia argento film if your a fan 29 Nov 2007
By Robert L. Christlieb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
very fresh film, music was osome , landscapes snowly weather and the cold really added to the actors story to tell, and yes the drinking and the drunk scenes were quite funny, getting drunk and smashing bottles on your head scene was the best.
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