Europa

Europa (Eyes) You will now listen to my voice. My voice will help you and guide you still deeper into Europa. Every time you hear my voice, with every word and every number, you will enter into a still deeper layer, open, relaxed and receptive.

I shall now count from one to ten. On the count of ten, you will be in Europa. I say: one. And as your focus and attention are entirely on my voice, you will slowly begin to relax. Two, your hands and your fingers are getting warmer and heavier. Three, the warmth is spreading through your arms, to your shoulders and your neck. Four, your feet and your legs get heavier. Five, the warmth is spreading to the whole of your body. On six, I want you to go deeper. I say: six. And the whole of your relaxed body is slowly beginning to sink. Seven, you go deeper and deeper and deeper. Eight, on every breath you take, you go deeper. Nine, you are floating. On the mental count of ten, you will be in Europa. Be there at ten. I say: ten. You are listening to the sound of rain beating against the large metal drum. Go closer. There’s a fence and you have to stop. You’re walking across the rail yard and you’ve been traveling by train from Bremerhaven and before that, a ship from New York. You are in Germany. The year is 1945.


You are in a train in Germany. Now the train is sinking. You will drown. On the count of ten, you will be dead. One … two … three … four … five … six … seven … eight … nine … ten.

In the morning, the sleeper has found rest on the bottom of the river. The force of the stream has opened the door and is leading you on. Above your body, people are still alive. Follow the river as days go by. Head for the ocean that mirrors the sky. You want to wake up to free yourself of the image of Europa. But it is not possible.


Europa (1991) Lars von Trier | Criterion Collection

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