On Disc

at Amazon

Just after W.W.II, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him.

Director:

Reviews
16 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Epidemic (1987)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A film director and a script writer (performed by Lars von Trier and Niels Vørsel themselves) write a screenplay, in which an epidemic spreads about the whole world. Like the protagonist ... See full summary »

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Allan De Waal, Ole Ernst, Michael Gelting
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A cop in a dystopian Europe investigates a serial killings suspect using controversial methods written by his now disgraced former mentor.

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Me Me Lai
Manderlay (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A story of slavery, set in the southern U.S. in the 1930s.

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Isaach De Bankolé, Danny Glover
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An IT company hires an actor to serve as the company's president in order to help the business get sold to a cranky Icelander.

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Jens Albinus, Peter Gantzler, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge
The Idiots (1998)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The group of people gather at the house in Copenhagen suburb to break all the limitations and to bring out the "inner idiot" in themselves.

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus, Anne Louise Hassing
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

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

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Edward Fleming, Kirsten Olesen
Crime | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse
Medea (TV Movie 1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Medea is in Corinth with Jason and their two young sons. King Kreon wants to reward Jason for his exploits: he gives the hand of his daughter, Glauce, to Jason as well as the promise of the... See full summary »

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Udo Kier, Kirsten Olesen, Henning Jensen
Dogville (2003)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away...

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

About a filmmaker not only revisiting, but also recreating (not in a conventional sense) one of his first films, The Perfect Human / Det perfekte menneske (1967)

Directors: Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier
Stars: Claus Nissen, Majken Algren Nielsen, Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez
The Kingdom (1994–1997)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The Kingdom is the most technologically advanced hospital in Denmark, a gleaming bastion of medical science. A rash of uncanny occurrences, however, begins to weaken the staff's faith in ... See full summary »

Stars: Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Kirsten Rolffes, Ghita Nørby
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes of violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Language:

|

Release Date:

27 June 1991 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Europa  »

Box Office

Budget:

DKK 28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,007,001 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

| (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Lars von Trier: [Hypnosis] Max von Sydow's narration. See more »

Quotes

Leopold Kessler: I think I understand unemployment in Germany much better now. People just can't afford to work here.
See more »

Connections

Follows The Element of Crime (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Europa Aria
Written by Lars von Trier
Performed by Nina Hagen and Philippe Huttenlocher
Courtesy of Virgin Musique
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Another utterly dazzling film from von Trier.
1 April 1999 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

Zentropa is another von Trier film that manages to tell an authentically interesting story, revel in its own aesthetic beauty, and engage us in questions of metaphysics. The films narration, as described above, sets the gauntlet very high. The often tired flashback/hypnotism/relapse/etc structure poses a certain disaster to most of the films that dare to use it. However, it is pulled off masterfully.

With Zentropa, we must first buy into the introduction. We prepare ourselves to relive these moments, and allow the film to justify its use of this down the tracks. However, we learn very quickly that what we have been sold is not the standard omniscient perspective. It is distorted and fragmented; emotion has been poured on too thick at parts, while in others it is spread too thin. We must accept the story directly from a mind that we considerably mistrust.

The rest of the film tirelessly reconstructs the scenes of this deranged mind. We transition from b&w film, to color. From a nearly mystical hope, to an absurd pessimism. Time moves too slowly, but abruptly jumps ahead too quickly. von Trier understands the architecture of this 'hypnotic' state supremely.

The movie progresses sporadically which is mandatory given the structure. von Trier plays wonderfully with the noir genre, he throws in some espionage, some sex, love, hats and guns. Finally, he skillfully introduces issues of morality, war, and responsibility- adding a rich political dimension to an already layered film.

The final scenes are visually the most beautiful in the movie, and some of my all time personal favorites. The quiet, tenseless moments in this sequence finally allow us to sink into a comfortable pace and an agreeable aesthetic.

Ultimately, von Trier has framed this film around a giant question of reality. As is his standard. The fact that this metaphysical dimension continually impinges upon the film, justifies its validity. The question was artfully asked. And beneath this works a noir film, a veritable feast of imagery, and wonderful performances.


37 of 47 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Franz Kafka's America daniel_man38
Review mob61uk
Black G.I. mmsonnabend
Netflix has it as an upcoming release..... TyGB
I am so confused! citybum
Denazification is one of the subjects of the film... mlovmo-2
Discuss Europa (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?