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  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010X7JPA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,276 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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 By Bogdan Tiganov on 1 April 2008
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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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Such a powerful, wild performance from Asia Argento: strange, depressing and intoxicating all in the same moment.

The Romani music is central to the complex tale and the frenetic performances of their own music parallels the intensity of their spirited, complex, intense, messed-up lives.

I learned much more about the Romani life-style and mind-set, and the central importance of driven music to their world view.
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By graham on 1 May 2014
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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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By naomi warner on 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 By Misss. J. E. X. N. Read on 9 Nov. 2009
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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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