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Lars von Trier

Europa

112' - 1991 - Crime, Drama, Thriller - Dialogue: German, Latin, French, English, Greek
Director: Lars von Trier Composer: Joachim Holbek With: Barbara Sukowa, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier
‘Europa’ is a hallucinatory Danish film set in postwar Germany. Jean-Marc Barr plays a young German who aspires for a job as a street conductor. But this is no mere ‘Joe Job’; Barr's adventures on the line are designed as a metaphor for the emergence of the "New Europe" following the war. Barbara Sukowa costars as the daughter of a railroad magnate - and possible Nazi sympathizer. Many of the special-effects sequences are computer enhanced, but even the ‘live’ scenes have an unsettling, surreal quality to them (colors changing abruptly, backgrounds shifting without warning, etc.) Obviously this film will leave some viewers dazed and confused, which may be why English-language prints of ‘Europa’ are narrated by Max Von Sydow, who doesn't always clear things up, but is soft-spoken enough to calm us down. (Hal Erickson)

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Credits

Director

Lars von Trier

Composer

Joachim Holbek

With

Barbara Sukowa, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier

Scenario

Lars von Trier, Niels Vørsel

Director of Photography

Henning Bendtsen, Edward Klosinski, Jean-Paul Meurisse

Editor

Hervé Schneid

Producer

Bo Christensen, Peter Aalbæk Jensen

More information

Dialogue

German, Latin, French, English, Greek

Countries of production

Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, France, Sweden

Year

1991

Filmography

Lars von Trier
Befrielsesbilleder (1982), The Element of Crime (1984), Epidemic (1987), Europa (1991), Breaking the Waves (1996), The Idiots (1998), Dancer in the Dark (2000), Dogville: The Pilot (2003), The Five Obstructions (2003), Dogville (2003), Manderlay (2005), The Boss of It All (2006), To Each His Own Cinema (2007), Antichrist (2009), Dimension 1991-2024 (2010), Melancholia (2011), Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013), Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013), The House That Jack Built (2018)

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