The Second World War is briefly kept at bay during jazz legend and Sinti guitarist Django Reinhardt’s energetic concerts. However, the realization that Nazi Germany has occupied Paris in 1943 is growing. Reinhardt initially clings to his carefree artistic life, but soon has to face the facts: his Roma peers are being persecuted. As Reinhardt’s ‘negro music’ is increasingly constrained by the Germans and the occupiers subsequently force him to tour Germany, he makes a drastic decision. Together with his pregnant wife and aging mother, he joins a group of Roma refugees in a Swiss border village. But even there they are found by the enemy.
Although Django is more a wartime drama than a biography, Django Reinhardt’s extremely virtuoso music plays a major role. In various scenes, ample time is taken for the characteristic, catchy, often deeply moving songs that underline the human drama even further.