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Europa Europa (1990)

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Critic Reviews: 2
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This drama was based on the true story of a young German Jew who survived the Holocaust by falling in with the Nazis. Solomon Perel (Marco Hofschneider) is the son of a Jewish shoe salesman coming of age in Germany during the rise of Adolf Hitler. In 1938, a group of Nazis attack Solomon's family home; his sister is killed, and 13-year-old Solomon flees to Poland. Solomon winds up in an orphanage operated by Stalinist forces; when German forces storm Poland, Solomon's fluent German allows him to

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Art House & International, Drama

Mar 4, 2003

Orion Home Video

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (0) | DVD (2)

An important historical film set between 1938 and 1945.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

While in every other Holocaust film the Nazis are depicted as masterful at sniffing out and executing Jews, Perel dodges bullet after bullet with relative ease and immense good fortune.

June 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
Bangitout.com

More outstanding than the current run of Holocaust fictions.

December 17, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A fresh, incredible story in the way that only true stories can be, it is based on the memoirs of Solomon Perel, who survived the War ordeal through a chain of extraordinary events.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The shower scene still sends shivers up my spine, and it's been years since I've seen it.

December 22, 2003
eCinemaCenter.com

uses the historical background only as a backdrop to the fears and isolation Solly must undergo without dwelling on the evils of the Holocaust

March 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Europa Europa

A Jew avoids the Holocaust by pretending to be a German translator and subsequently joins the Hitler Youth.
I'll give this film credit for an inherently dramatic and compelling idea - a Jew who is forced to hide his identity among people who seek his destruction. But what holds this film back is the performance by Marco Hofschneider. There is only one scene in which I believed the film's plot produced an internal conflict for the protagonist - when the teacher was evaluating his "racial purity." Every other scene was played off so blithely that I wondered if the actor understood the story. In fact, there were several scenes that I wondered whether or not the dramatic situation was being played for comedic effect. And in order to get to the story, there are several quirks of fate, like the protagonist leading German troops to the Russian hideout, that defy verisimilitude.
Overall, this is a great idea for a film, but the result is somewhat less than its parts.
August 6, 2012
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Jim Hunter

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In a stretch of cosmic irony, a true story of a Jewish lad during WWll who finds himself inducted into the Semite-hating Hitler youth. Incredible Forrest Gump-like circumstances happen often and fall wonderously like candy through a hole in the ceiling.
June 27, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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Europa Europa is an incredible autobiography of Solomon Perel that features how a circumcised male reproductive organ can both be an asset and a liability in Nazi Germany, World War II. Outstanding.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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Foreign Titles

  • Hitlerjunge Salomon (DE)
  • Europa Europe (Europa, Europa) (CA)
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