Europa (1991)

R  |   |  Drama  |  27 June 1991 (Germany)
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Just after WW2, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leopold Kessler
Katharina Hartmann
Lawrence Hartmann
Ernst-Hugo Järegård ...
Uncle Kessler
Erik Mørk ...
Jørgen Reenberg ...
Max Hartmann
Henning Jensen ...
Colonel Harris
Narrator (voice)
Benny Poulsen ...
Erno Müller ...
Dietrich Kuhlbrodt ...
Holger Perfort ...
Mr. Ravenstein
Anne Werner Thomsen ...
Mrs. Ravenstein


An American of German descent arrives in post-war Germany 1945. His uncle gets him a job on the Zentropa train line as a sleeping car conductor. The American's wish is to be neutral to the ongoing purges of loyalists by the Allied forces and do what he can to help a hurting country, but he finds himself being used by both the Americans and the influential family that owns the railroad. After falling in love with the railroad magnate's daughter, he finds that he can't remain neutral and must make some difficult choices. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 June 1991 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Europa  »

Box Office


DKK 28,000,000 (estimated)


$1,007,001 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The final film in Lars von Trier's 'Europa' trilogy which illuminates the traumas of Europe in the future. The two other parts are The Element of Crime (1984) and Epidemic (1987). See more »


[opening lines]
Narrator: You will now listen to my voice. My voice will help you and guide you still deeper into Europa. Every time you hear my voice, with every word and every number, you will enter into a still deeper layer, open, relaxed and receptive. I shall now count from one to ten. On the count of ten, you will be in Europa. I say: one. And as your focus and attention are entirely on my voice, you will slowly begin to relax. Two, your hands and your fingers are getting warmer and heavier. Three, ...
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Europa Aria
Written by Lars von Trier
Performed by Nina Hagen and Philippe Huttenlocher
Courtesy of Virgin Musique
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Back to 1945 Germany
1 April 1999 | by (Montréal, Québec) – See all my reviews

By watching this movie I discovered an artist that I waited too long to discover. Playing with multiple cinematographic tricks Trier not only bring us back in history but he also adopt the style that movie had in the time where the action is depicted. Also, with the rear screen projection, Trier had the chance to give his movie a unique depth of field and by the way to mix color and B&W and therefore make a magical masterpiece that can be appreciated by the dumb movie eaters that most of us are.

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