Europa Europa details
|Starring:||Julie Delpy, Marta Sandrowicz, Rene Hofschneider, Michele Gleizer, Marco Hofschneider, Klaus Abramowsky|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 47 minutes|
|Rental release:||16 Dec 2002|
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An Intriguing tale, let down by heavy-handed directionBy Philip Concannon from London , 20 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]'Europa Europa' is the story of Salomon Perel(Marco Hofschneider), a young Jew who survived the war by passing himself of as an Aryan German. The film traces his efforts to conceal his identity, while trying not to lose sight of his true faith.
Sadly Agnieszka Holland's film is an uninvolving and plodding affair. Perel gets caught in many difficult situations but Holland suprisingly fails to inject any sense of danger. Matters are not helped by Marco Hofschneider's weak central performance. He gives a blank portrayal of Perel and never gets under the skin of the character. There's little exploration of Perel's tormented state of mind as he questions his allegiance.
Julie Delpy makes an impact in an underwritten role but the film is a disappointment. Perel's tale is a fascinating one, and deserves to be told. It's a shame 'Europa Europa' couldn't do his story justice.
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what a life!!By filmamateur (104 reviews) , 18 Jun 2013I enjoyed the incredible ride that this movie takes you on and admired the resilience of its hero. what a life in such a short time , and what a time it was. As a spectator you see many sides of history that aren't usually treated in the same movie.
Incredible storyBy denis007 (167 reviews) , 02 Jun 2013It is one of the best movies I have seen in the past few months. The director keeps you on your toes. The search of his parents is gripping! The love and desire that he has for Leni is poignant. I wonder what happened to her. Nothing was said about it in the movie. Perhaps, he did not even bother looking for her after all? Perhaps, he did not have any real feelings for her. Hope you enjoy it as much as the whole family did. Movie based on feelings and emotions with very few scenes of war and this is for the best!
One central premise is simply wrong and needs correcting!By a customer , 26 Oct 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideIt's a pity that what should be a fascinating and moving portrayal of a true story is so clunkily directed and acted. It is also ruinous that the central premise that our hero's circumcision would betray him fatally as a Jew is simply wrong. I was born in the 1930's, like our hero before Hitler came to power, and at my boarding school 98% of boys were circumcised. We were all Christians; I think it was believed to be more hygienic in those days. So the director's obsession with the boy's penis is erroneous, not to say a little worrying.
It's a poorly made film.
An Unlikely story, incredible because it's true!By WarrenIB (11 reviews) , 16 Aug 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]An amazing story of a young jewish boy's journey of survival through the dark days of Nazi tyranny. His adaptability and quick thinking kept him alive,and completely debunked the Nazi doctrine of the physiological characteristics of the Aryan master race.
Fast-paced film with wonderful layers of ironyBy Filmyup (16 reviews) , 28 Sep 2011Europa Europa's biggest strength and weakness lies in the speed in which events unfold.
We are taken on a wild ride through Solomon Perel's struggle to survive: through joy and despair, through silliness and seriousness we relive Solomon's incredible journey.
Naturally, when dealing with such a complex narrative in a 2 hour film, we don't get to explore every corner of Solomon's psyche. However, the story is consistently gripping and enjoyable; I would recommend this film to anyone else fascinated by the moral dilemmas that existed in Nazi Germany.
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