VIFF 2017: Django indulges in some "glourious" revisionism

(France)

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      First-time director Etienne Comar goes waaaay off reality to bring cloak-and-dagger swag to the two-hour tale of famed Romany guitarist Django Reinhardt and how he left Nazi-occupied Paris at the height of the war. But Reda Kateb is a convincing stand-in for the hugely influential Belgian musician, and the tunes—played by the Rosenberg Trio and others—are exceptionally well-integrated into the tale. The stately Cécile de France, complete with Veronica Lake mane, plays his partner in unlikely espionage, and those bits play like Inglourious Basterds with a better soundtrack.

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