One Day In Europe Review

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Quirky look at the cultural extremes present in just one continent.


The disunited states of Europe are exposed in all their insular glory in this sharp, episodic satire that takes place on the day that Galatasaray meets Deportivo La Coruña in the Champions League final. The unifying theme of the various strands is the need to report a robbery in a country where the victim doesn’t speak the lingo. English traveller Megan Gay is helped by Luidmila Tsvetkova’s deceptively influential Russian; duplicitous German Florian Lukas is aided by Turkish cabby Erdal Yildiz; Hungarian pilgrim Péter Scherer is gyped by Spanish cop Miguel de Lira; and French buskers Rachida Brakni and Boris Arquier quit while they’re behind in Berlin. Hannes Stöhr juggles his stereotypes, prejudices and postcard vistas with ease, and resists making his points too emphatically.

Enjoyable multi-cultural romp that sensibly resists making its jabs at Europe too harsh.