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Európa messze van (1995)

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The story starts in Romania in the last years of the Ceaucescu regime. The main character of the film is Petru, a ten-year-old Romanian boy. His world is one of action and dreams but, at ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Levente Tamási ...
Géza Kaszás ...
Petru apja
Denisa Dér ...
Petru anyja (as Dér Denissa)
Ferenc Zenthe ...
Az állomásmester felesége
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zoltán Gulyás Kiss
János Koltai
Balázs Mészáros
Ádám Rajhona


The story starts in Romania in the last years of the Ceaucescu regime. The main character of the film is Petru, a ten-year-old Romanian boy. His world is one of action and dreams but, at the same time, presents an authentic vista of contemporary Central Europe. All the events are shown through his eyes. His odyssey is an amusing and grotesque tale of survival as well as a parable on the survival of the human spirit. He comes to grips with a hostile world with both humour and rage, imagination and innocence. Petru lives with his vegetarian father Mihai and his pianist mother Daniela, in a small idyllic village in the Carpathian Mountains. His best friends are his dog Ursu, with whom he shares all his joys and sorrows, and the buffalo Florica. One day the family has to leave the country for political reasons. A long journey to freedom full of thrills and adventures begins, which first leads them from Hungary to Austria. Here they are sent to a refugee camp where Petru's parents are ... Written by Filmunio

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What it means to be a refugee
12 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

Petru, a ten-year-old Romanian boy, lives with his veterinarian father, Mihai, and pianist mother in the picturesque Carpathian Mountains in Romania. He is a happy kid, playing with his dog Ursu and water buffalo Florica. Unfortunately political storms are brewing that will affect them all. Mihai falsely gets accused of killing farmers' sheep, and realizes that it is just the excuse the Ceaucescu regime would be waiting for to have him arrested. The family decides to flee to Germany where Mihai has contacts at universities. The family survives many ordeals on their hazardous trip on foot, in a little rowboat and in the back of a people smuggler's truck. They reach Austria, but that is not the end of their ordeal...

There are quite a few films dealing with the modern-day plight of refugees. Just think of the excellent, unsettling 'Clandestins' ('Stowaways'). Unfortunately 'Európa messze van' ('Europa ist Weit') is not in the same class; it is somewhat uneven; scenes of riveting suspense are broken by the more than occasional lapse into melodrama. Some of the scenes are also a tad to sentimental to my taste. On a more positive note, I found the acting by the protagonist, Petru (Levente Tamási) quite realistic. The copy of the film I watched was dubbed into German. It would be great if it could be provided with English subtitles to make it accessible to more viewers. Although not a great film, it would be good if more people could watch it - even if it is only to get insight into what it means to be a refugee. This film is even more relevant today with the large number of desperate people trying to get to Europe. 6/10.

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