Europa Europa (1990)
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as Solomon Perel
as David Perel
as Solly's Father
as Solly's Mother
as Inna Moisievna
as Stalin's Son
as Soldier Schulz
as Captain von Lereneau
as Leni's Mother
as Leni's Mother
as Police Officer
as Soviet Major
Critic Reviews for Europa Europa
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.
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.
The shower scene still sends shivers up my spine, and it's been years since I've seen it.
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.
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.
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.
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