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Dead Europe (2012)

Dead Europe

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

September 07, 2012 (TIFF)

Duration

84 min.

Studio

Wild Bunch

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Tony Krawitz

Producer

Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Liz Watts

Screenwriter

Louise Fox

Starring

  • Ewen Leslie
  • Marton Csokas
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee as Josef
  • William Zappa
  • Eugenia Fragos
  • Jean-Francois Balmer
  • Yigal Naor

Story


The death of Isaac's father in suburban Sydney reveals a deep schism in his family and prompts his return to the family homeland and its deadly legacy.

In his parents' village in Greece, Isaac learns something of his father's cursed history. At first he dismisses the revelation as superstitious nonsense.

But over the course of his travels through Europe - from Greece to Paris to Budapest - Isaac is forced to confront the antisemitism of the past, the bigotry embedded deep in the bones of Europe and the nature of inherited guilt and secrets.

As his mind and body start to fall apart and a strange state of possession manifests itself, Isaac struggles against the ghosts of the past as they find new forms in the spectres of Europe's contemporary outcasts.

Only when he succumbs to madness in Budapest, surrounded by the darkest side of human nature, does he finally acknowledge both his family's curse, and the ties of blood and history that flow through all our veins.

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Coral Amiga stars as Yvette in Wild Bunch's Dead Europe (2012)
Kodi Smit-McPhee stars as Josef in Wild Bunch's Dead Europe (2012)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..this dose of arthouse angst with a gothic garnish features an appropriate culture-clash of acting styles and some confrontational set pieces, but falls short of delivering on its challenging ambitions..”
by Russell Edwards [Variety]
“..this historical psychodrama serves best as a Grimm-style cautionary tale for backpacking kids..”
by [Globe and Mail]
“..it moves along like a thriller, which is a neat trick since the actual narrative is episodic and without any conventional suspense..”
by Peter Galvin [SBS Australia]