A German officer visits his Danish mistress the days after the occupation of Denmark has ended.




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Edward Fleming ...
German officer Leo Mendel
Kirsten Olesen ...
His mistress Esther


Danish resistance fighters at the end of World War II. A captive German officer escapes prison and is led into a trap in the forest by a Danish woman - she believes he was responsible for blinding a teenager, and she stabs his eyes through with a wooden blade. He is left to crawl in the very woods where as a child, he had tried to converse with the birds. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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30 June 1982 (Denmark)  »

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Bilder der Befreiung  »

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This is an "Easter Egg" on disc 2 of the 4-disc R2 DVD release of the 'Europa' Trilogy (collecting The Element of Crime (1984), Epidemic (1987) and Europa (1991)), distributed on June 13, 2005 by Electric Parc ApS [dk]. To find it: On the Special Features menu, move the selection icon over to 'DVD Credits' and select up with your remote. This will move the icon to the 'Alka-Seltzer' logo, and the egg will come up. See more »

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Von Trier steals from the best -
29 April 2004 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Von Triers graduation film is the work of a young director with a vision and a firm grip of his medium. Even though every other scene (or individual shot for that matter) has been lifted from Tarkovsky's films or Bertolucci's "The Conformist" the film has a gripping mood and qualities that cannot be ignored - the lesson of this must be: if you steal, steal from the best. Von Trier would later develop this style into his fascinating and original "Europa", before he with "Breaking the Waves" abandoned all this for Cassavettes style hand held camera and more conventional, naturalistic performances. A pity.

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