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Europa Europa (1990)

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A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth.

Director:

Agnieszka Holland

Writers:

Agnieszka Holland, Solomon Perel (memoir: Ich war Hitlerjunge Salomon)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marco Hofschneider ... Sally
André Wilms ... Kellerman
Ashley Wanninger ... Eric
Klaus Abramowsky Klaus Abramowsky ... Sally's Father
Michèle Gleizer Michèle Gleizer ... Sally's Mother
Delphine Forest Delphine Forest ... Inna Moyseyevna
René Hofschneider René Hofschneider ... Isaak, Sally's Brother
Julie Delpy ... Leni
Hanns Zischler ... Captain von Lereneau
Martin Maria Blau Martin Maria Blau ... Ulmayer
Bernhard Howe Bernhard Howe ... Feldwebel
Klaus Kowatsch Klaus Kowatsch ... Schulz
Holger Kunkel Holger Kunkel ... Kramer
Halina Labonarska ... Leni's Mother
Andrzej Mastalerz ... Zenek Dracz
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Storyline

A Jewish boy, separated from his family in the early days of WWII, poses as a German orphan and is thereafter taken into the heart of the Nazi world as a 'war hero' and eventually made a Hitler Youth. Although improbabilities and happenstance are cornerstones of the film, it is based upon a true story. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In the tradition of Voltaire's Candide and Jerzy Kosinski's The Painted Bird.

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for mature treatment of holocaust issues | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Germany | France | Poland

Language:

German | Russian | Polish | Hebrew

Release Date:

14 November 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Europa Europa See more »

Filming Locations:

Poland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,433, 30 June 1991

Gross USA:

$5,575,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,575,738
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #985. See more »

Goofs

At one point Salomon narrowly misses being killed in an air-raid, which kills his roommate. Rather than show a World War II aircraft, or even a bomber, stock footage shows a single C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, which was not even designed until many years after the war. See more »

Quotes

Leni's Mother: Are you really German?
Salomon 'Solly' 'Salek' Perel: No. I'm a Jew.
Leni's Mother: I knew it. From the beginning I knew. I swear I won't betray you.
Salomon 'Solly' 'Salek' Perel: I had to tell someone. I couldn't stand it anymore.
Leni's Mother: You mustn't tell Leni.
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Holocaust Films (2014) See more »

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A Well-Done Story Worth Seeing
13 May 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a pretty interesting "true story" about a young man who escaped Jewish persecution by pretending to be a Russian and then being a German.

Neither the Germans nor Russians looked too good in here, which is understandable since it was the period of the Nazis and the Communists, respectively. The film makes no bones pointing out how the Nazis were bent on exterminating all Jews in Europe while the Russians were shown in all their anti-God propaganda. Another issue in this movie was "circumcision," and no need to explain that.

It was also interesting to see Julie Delpy as a 16-year-old. She didn't have the mature beauty she had as a full-grown woman in her 20s but she still was a looker. Marco Hofschneider was very good in the lead as the boyish-looking "Solomon Peters" aka a bunch of alias.

Overall, I found it a good movie, one worth watching for sure, but questionable about adding to my fairly-large collection of films. However, now that it's out on DVD, perhaps I'll re-consider.


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