Aubry D'Arminio
December 10, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Europa

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
107 minutes
performer
Jean-Marc Barr, Barbara Sukowa, Max von Sydow
director
Lars von Trier
distributor
Criterion Collection
author
Lars von Trier
genre
War, Drama

We gave it an A

An American-born German pacifist (Jean-Marc Barr) takes a job as a sleeping-car conductor in post?World War II Frankfurt in a misguided attempt to help rebuild the motherland, then falls hard for his employer’s vampy separatist daughter (Barbara Sukowa). Director Lars von Trier’s trippy thriller lets bits of color occasionally seep into the black-and-white cinematography and uses rear projection to make the bombed-out landscape look almost sci-fi. Europa is one part Casablanca, two parts Eraserhead, and all parts excellent. The stacked Criterion Collection EXTRAS include three docs, actor interviews, and audio commentary by von Trier. A

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