Tony Gatlif finally concludes his highly acclaimed trilogy with a last film Gadjo Dilo, a story that explores the culture of Romani people. His first work Les Princes (1982) is a reflection of Gypsy life in Paris. The sequel Latcho Drom is an unusual documentary with an amazing music. And finally Gadjo Dilo, a more satisfactory work where the viewer has an inside glimpse of life among Romani people in Eastern Europe. In his first two works, Gatlif showed a Romani community apart from the rest of the world, whereas in Gadjo Dilo he is trying to connect the bridge between our world and Romani world, between our culture and Romani culture.
Tony Gatlif himself is partially of Romani descent. It was not easy for Gatlif to break into film industry. In 1981 he started filming movies about Romani people for which he became publicly acclaimed. In his films Gatlif focuses on details and issues that are relevant and important for the Western audience, he unveils the unknown and makes the audience enjoy every single bit of his creation.
With its unstructured narrative, Gadjo Dilo sometimes might be perceived as a documentary. Most of the characters are played by the Gypsies themselves, yet it feels very convincing and very professional.
The film primarily concentrates on Romani life, on pain and issues that these people are going through. It is usually perceived that Romani people are always happy, always singing, dancing and drinking. The Westerners would always stereotype Romani