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  • Summary: Heddy Honigmann's Dutch-financed documentary highlights the plight of several itinerant musicians, mostly political refugees or illegal immigrants, who play their music on the Paris sidewalks and in the metro. Their music serves as a link to their homelands as a way to console themselves inHeddy Honigmann's Dutch-financed documentary highlights the plight of several itinerant musicians, mostly political refugees or illegal immigrants, who play their music on the Paris sidewalks and in the metro. Their music serves as a link to their homelands as a way to console themselves in their current condition. Expand
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  1. Has an odd mix of quickly grabbed handheld shots and scenes of striking beauty.
  2. 80
    Honigmann assembles a mosaic of the postcolonial diaspora that populates the crowded ethnic enclaves of Paris, and the emotional, lovingly captured songs seem to turn the City of Light into a bazaar of world music.
  3. 70
    A world-beat city symphony.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Thoughtful look at the itinerant street musicians of Paris.
  5. At its best the film serves as a music appreciation class taught by embattled artists whose cloudy livelihoods grow increasingly uncertain with each bittersweet symphony.