Europa Messze Van (1995)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Road Movie  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - Germany, Hungary  |  
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This European movie contains political overtones as it chronicles the journey of a Romanian boy heading for a new life in Bavaria. The story begins in 1989 as 10-year old Petru and his family are preparing to escape from Romania following the harassment of Petra's father by Ceausescu's secret police. The family makes it through Hungary and into Austria. Part of the journey was spent concealed in a truck. In Austria, they are classified as economic refugees and placed in a camp. It is not a pleasant place and the refugees are not treated well. His parents temporarily leave Petra there while they go on ahead to Munich to get set up. Petra cannot bear this and escapes from the camp which was recently firebombed by Austrian skinheads. He begins his long trek through Hungary to Bavaria.

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boy, journey, oppression, refugee, Romanian, struggle