Monday, October 22, 2012

Dead Europe

Director: Tony Krawitz

Starring: Leslie’s Isaac , Kodi Smit-McPhee, William Zappa, Marton Csokas

Based on the novel by Christos Tsiolkas this is a tense and engaging account of uncovering family history laced with guilt and dark secrets. Isaac (Ewen Leslie) is an Australian photographer heading to Athens to exhibit his photography when his father (William Zappa ) dies in a car accident. Against his family’s wishes Isaac uses the trip to deliver his father’s ashes to his ancestral home. Trouble is when he arrives the locals think his family is cursed. On his travels Issac meets the mysterious teenager, Josef (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who asks him for help before disappearing. The tension of the film lies in Isaac’s internal journey from complacent observer to active participant. Deep tribal bigotry and religious prejudice ensues in this movie of contrast as narratives of past and present interweave. Not for the faint hearted.

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