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Australia's Tony Krawitz (Jewboy, The Tall Man) directs the adaptation of The Slap author Christos Tsiolkas' award-winning novel in this searing film about history, guilt and secrets. Ewen Leslie delivers a great performance as photographer Isaac, whose father's death in suburban Sydney reveals the schism in his family and prompts a return to the ancestral homeland. On a trip to his parent's village in Greece, he learns something of his father's cursed history. At first he dismisses the revelation as superstitious nonsense, but over the course of his travels - from Greece… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although it may lack a raw, confident force to make it truly special, 'Dead Europe' completely nails its devastating, unexpected ending."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Director Tony Krawitz certainly can't be faulted for his ambition, yet, despite some magnificent technical credits, his cinematic adaptation of this controversial book ends up muddled and misguided."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"Macabre, spiteful and all too bleak in its juxtaposition of generations and their transference of guilt."
‑ Joe Walsh, Little White Lies
"It's intriguing and pretentious in equal measure, capturing the feeling of being adrift in a foreign world, but then failing to capitalise on it."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
"Dark, and emotionally claustrophobic, Dead Europe is tough to sit through. Talky and severe, it is a puzzle film, a movie where one is asked to work hard at deciphering its strangeness."
‑ Peter Galvin, sbs.com.au
"In the end mood is all, and it's a bummer."
‑ Megan Lehmann, Hollywood Reporter
"Even if the plot takes too long to come together, this film has a darkly foreboding tone that's thoroughly mesmerising, drawing us into its mysteries while touching on issues of race, religion and sexuality."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"Director Tony Krawitz pulls off several unsettling moodshifts, and takes extremely seriously the old-world traditions and superstitions a gorefest like Hostel could only sneer and snigger at."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian [UK]
"Mordant, depressing dirge of a film."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"The powerful scenes are wonderful, I think. There's some tremendous scenes."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Like the Eurozone itself, helmer Tony Krawitz's first full-length fiction feature "Dead Europe" struggles to cohere into a convincing whole, despite sections of commanding authority."
‑ Russell Edwards, Variety
"Stunning and moodily atmospheric but dramatically sketchy, Dead Europe gives a mere snapshot of a continent falling to pieces and ultimately fails to bring its intriguing personal story to life."
‑ Emma Simmonds, The List
"A promising drama of alienation that slides into portentousness."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"It is one of the most disturbing, and intelligent, Australian films for a long time."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"I was confronted, fascinated, and ultimately only slightly frustrated."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
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