Rent Europa Europa (1990)

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1h 51min
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Synopsis:
As World War II splits Europe, sixteen-year-old German Jew Salomon (Marco Hofschneider) is separated from his family after fleeing with them to Poland, and finds himself reluctantly assuming various ideological identities in order to hide the deadly secret of his Jewishness. He is bounced from a Soviet orphanage, where he plays a dutiful Stalinist, to the Russian front, where he hides in plain sight as an interpreter for the German army, and back to his home country, where he takes on his most dangerous role: a member of the Hitler Youth.
Based on the real-life experiences of Salomon Perel, Agnieszka Holland's wartime tour de force 'Europa Europa' is a breathless survival story told with the verve of a comic adventure, an ironic refutation of the Nazi idea of racial purity, and a complex portrait of a young man caught up in shifting historical calamities and struggling to stay alive.
Actors:
Solomon Perel, , René Hofschneider, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Norbert Schwarz
Directors:
Producers:
Artur Brauner, Margaret Ménégoz
Writers:
Agnieszka Holland, Solomon Perel
Aka:
Europa, Europa
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
Countries:
Germany, Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/12/2002
Run Time:
111 minutes
Languages:
German LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selection
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/07/2019
Run Time:
112 minutes
Languages:
German LPCM Mono, Polish LPCM Mono, Russian LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary from 2008 Featuring Holland
  • New Interviews with Holland and Actor Marco Hofschneider
  • New Interview with Salomon Perel, on whose autobiography the film is loosely based
  • New Video Essay by Film Scholar Annette Insdorf

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Reviews (2) of Europa Europa

Excellent - Europa Europa review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
14/05/2006

Excellent movie which shows the reality of being Jewish in a very unusual situation in warland Europe.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

A Jewish teenager's epic journey across war-torn Europe and Russia - Europa Europa review by Philip in Paradiso

Spoiler Alert
08/02/2021

Solek (Polish nickname for Solomon) and his family live in Germany. The Nazis have taken over. On the eve of Solek's bar mitzvah, Kristallnacht occurs. Solek and his brother leave for the East, hoping to take refuge in the Soviet Union. Soon separated from his brother, Solek is having to survive by all means possible.

The story the film tells is totally extraordinary and quite improbable and would, indeed, seem implausible. And yet, it is based on a true story, that of Solomon Perel, who is still alive (he was born in 1925) and now lives in Israel. Although the movie takes some liberties with the account of his life, given in the autobiographical book he wrote, it is broadly faithful to the chain of events as they happened.

The film grips you because it combines the story of a teenager on the run (Solek) caught up in the murderous 1930s and 1940s in Europe with the broader historical canvas -- the rise of totalitarian systems in Germany, with the Nazis, and in Russia, with Stalin at the head of the Communist regime. You feel you are living through all the traumas that shook Europe at the time, seen through the eyes of a Jewish teenager confronted with the horrors of war and anti-Semitism.

The film is quite unique in many ways and is well-made; it carries profound insights into morality and politics, and what it means to be human. As historical dramas go, it is a masterpiece, in my view. It is a must-see.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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