Dead Europe

  • 18
  • Tony Krawitz (2012)
  • Aus / UK
  • 80 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Based on a novel by Christos Tsiolkas (author of The Slap), Dead Europe is half ghost story, half European travelogue, and while its lashings of atmosphere and grimy tone will delight some, its deliberately baffling plot and ambiguous conclusion will irritate many others. After his father's unexplained suicide, Australian photographer Isaac (Ewen Leslie) embarks on a trip to Greece, his father's homeland, to scatter his ashes. But on his journey he finds not the Europe of picture postcards, but a rotten, violent and seedy world peopled by porn merchants and drug addicts. To make matters worse, he is haunted by images of a young boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who seems to have some dark connection to his family's wartime past. Leslie's performance is a little on the wooden side, and director Tony Krawitz makes a number of missteps, including a bizarre sex scene that might just be there to pad out the already slim running time. But the story is strange and compelling, and the theme of the dangers of returning ignorantly to the past is powerfully explored.

Cast and crew

Cast

Isaac
Ewen Leslie
Nico
Marton Csokas
Josef
Kodi Smit-McPhee
Gerry
Jean-François Balmer
Syd
Igal Naor
Vasili
William Zappa
Leah
Françoise Lebrun
Andreas
Thanos Samaras
Giulia
Danae Skiadi

Crew

Director
Tony Krawitz

Other Information

Language: 
English / Greek / French / Hungarian / Hebrew
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity.
Released 14 Dec 2012
Certificate 18

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