Lawrence O'Toole
May 07, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Zentropa

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Jean-Marc Barr, Barbara Sukowa
genre
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it a B+

Zentropa is a feature-length experimental film, Lars von Trier’s nightmarish vision of Germany just after World War II has the dislocating quality of that limbo between sleep and waking. Barr plays a pacifist American working as a sleeping-car conductor who becomes involved in postwar sabotage. But the story (paced with great deliberation) and the main character (a cipher) are somewhat incidental to Von Trier’s vision and poetry of ruin, which blends black and white spookily with color while juxtaposing imagery in completely unexpected ways. Unfortunately, the enveloping density of that imagery is sometimes lost on the video screen. B+

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