Low budget film 'A very European Breakup’, full of crisis in-jokes

Article published on Sept. 20, 2012
Article published on Sept. 20, 2012

Germaine, a hysterical and uptight German woman, comes home from work incensed at her lazy Greek musician husband Greco: how will they pay the bills, she squawks, launching into a furious rage as he pleads his case and tries to win her favour through food. The neighbours intervene – exotic Esmerelda from Spain sides with her Mediterannean cousin (PIIGS! shrieks Germaine at one point), as a burly eurosceptic Brit tries to soothe Germaine’s euro-angst. British filmmaker Bob Denham presents one vision of the EU’s debt crisis in this Econfilm production, which comes to a solution after eight minutes with Greco preparing Germaine a breakfast, making a food logo out of EFSF – a nod to the ‘European financial stability facility’, the organism which has agreed to buy back Spain and Italy’s debt. The camera pans away to a photo of the pair posing at the bottom of a ski mountain, looking cold, but happy and in love (Image: courtesy of © A Very European Breakup)