Dead Europe

Will Isaac snap?

Greek-Australian photographer Isaac defies his father’s wish that none of his family ever sets foot in Europe. In a fit of pique, his dad drives his car into the back of a truck. But his son gets the last laugh by packing his dad’s ashes for the flight, to scatter in his home village.

Isaac travels to Athens, Paris and Budapest and finds only depression, decadence and violence, which suggests a poor choice of guidebook. Europe is full of desperate refugees, and the face of one of them, Josef, haunts Isaac on his travels, embodying the family secret that Isaac’s dad was so anxious to hide.

Isaac’s elusive brother Nico has answers but he’s played by Marton Csokas, doing his Lord-Byron-reincarnated-as-a-Kiwi-and-pretty-pissed-off-about-it schtick.

Dead Europe is competently made but lacks narrative drive, engaging characters and plot twists. Which is quite a lot. 5/10

Released November 15, 2012.

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