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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent film, but perhaps a little too worthy, 6 Jun 2007
This review is from: Gypo [DVD] (DVD)
Gypo is the story of a working class family in Margate, Kent, a town where immigrants have become the focus of most of the public's discontent.

The film tells the story of the a couple of weeks in this family's life, beginning when a young Czech girl, Tash, comes to visit.

The film is made in the Dogme95 tradition, so no costumes, no lighting, no props or sets, which gives the film a gritty texture appropriate to the story.

The same story is told from the point of view of each of the three protagonists, Helen, her husband Paul, and Tash. The format has something to say about the selectiveness of memory, and how the same events can be experienced differently by different people. Certainly it does that with subtlety and sensitivity.

However, the downside of this form of story-telling is that you inevitably have a lot of repetition. This slows the film somewhat, and makes the edning visible from a long way off. Unfortunately, what it also does is make explicit the sensitive pieces of acting, so things you picked up and realised early on and spelled out in capital letters, and on one occasion with Paul with unnecessarily overt imagery.

Paul McGann puts in a great performance but for the other characters the improvised feel to the film works more unevenly - there are moments of real insight and others that jar you back.

I would give this film 3.5 stars if I could - it is worth a watch, because it has interesting things to say, but it also has its flaws.
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