Few films can match the combined style and intelligence of Europa. These days von Trier enjoys trolling us with unwatchable films. But this one I could watch on a loop, much as Europa itself proceeds by a looping logic: the circuits of the German railway system, which double as the circuits of European history, rolling backwards into the darkness of WW2 even as Europe appears to be moving forward.
Great plastic work, that reminds me of The Almanac of Fall in the particular fashion the film stands out in Trier's filmography. The film possesses a great strength in the inhumanity left by the nazism in this odd Germany right after ww II, being trains of death, behaviors and costums. The defying narrator is a great mark of style of Von Trier.
File under: obnoxious genius. When there is so much obnoxious mediocrity in media and film, there is still room for the iconoclastic likes of LVT. While he would never be more than an acquaintance if I knew him (unresolved issues remain), goddammit he knows how to make a cinematic masterpiece or seven.
A strange tale of an American naïf embarking on a railway odyssey of 1945 Germany and incidentally falling in love with a Nazi. An increasingly Kafkaesque structure plays at the inferiority of all human drama in the shadow of the holocaust. Max von Sydow's comfortingly dooming voice hypnotizes us into von Trier's trademark nihilism. "On the count of 10, you will be dead." He hasn't lied to us yet! ♥Jean–Marc♥
"You will now listen to my voice. My voice will help you and guide you still deeper into Europa. Every time you're hear my voice, with every word and every number, you will enter still deeper here, open, relaxed and receptive… I shall now count from one to ten. On the count of ten, you will be in Europa…" Max Von Sidow most unforgettable opening.