MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#20 of 48) – Europa, Europa (1990) – Encore Review


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #20 of the 48.

Let’s continue with…

Initial Viewing Memories – My parents dragged me to see this in an art theater when it came out in 1990 and I had no desire to see it at all. I was enthralled by the story and it remains among the most powerful stories about survivors of the Holocaust that I have seen and have watched it numerous times over the past 3 decades because of the fascinating story and main character.

“It is written that a son never leaves his parents in difficult times.” – Isaak Perel – Salomons brother

“It is also written that the son must obey his parents. And it is also your duty to watch over your brother.” – Solomon’s Father

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’90, video, DVD, 29 Oct 2014 and 13 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A young Jewish boy with a German background tries to escape Poland after the Nazis invade and ends up in a Russian Orphanage.

My Take on it – Extremely powerful story that is constantly on the move. The story plays out so unbelievably, but watching the chain of events is always so powerful. The film is able to develop the main character really well to a point where we can really care about what happens to him along the way. The film’s multinational production has the language switch between German, Polish and Russian and that helps make things even more realistic to watch since that allows us to see the real interactions between the characters as they originally were. The story is paced really well and there is always so much going on that it helps keep things so engaging and fascinating to watch unfold.  Love the lesson that this character learns over the course of the film about identity and how he found it so difficult to always pretend, he vowed to always remain true to himself and his origin after the events ended up saving his life again and again. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film met with a lukewarm reception in its native Germany, with the local media being less than complementary about it. The German Oscar selection committee did not even include it as a submission for that year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Much embarrassment ensued when it went on to become one of the most successful German films ever released in the US, winning a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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