Drama / Biography
Runtime: 117 minutes
Starring Reda Kateb, Cecile De France
Directed by Etienne Comar
Language French with English subtitles
Synopsis: The location is France, 1943, in the midst of the German occupation. Every night, guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt delights Parisian audiences with his witty, life-affirming ‘gypsy swing’ music. Whilst many other Romany people are finding themselves the target of racist persecution and being murdered in concentration camps, Django believes himself to be safe due to his popularity – until agents of the Nazi propaganda machine demand that he goes on tour to Germany in order to counteract the influence of ‘negro music’ from the USA. Django Reinhardt refuses. In his directorial debut, Etienne Comar portrays an unconventional artist and free spirit whose life is as improvised as his music. Faced with the question of whether or not to allow his art to be misused for politcal purposes, he has to make a decision of vital significance.
There’s an urgent impetus at the heart of this film, far beyond the realm of either flat period biopic or mere history lesson. -Sight and Sound
Despite all the narrative embellishments, the movie does maintain a sense of Reinhardt’s persona along with his incredible musical abilities, especially in a trio of concert scenes that highlight each act. -Hollywood Reporter