Relish the clash and ensuing mixture of culture when Europeans wish to make the acquaintance of their uncle and cousins in the young United States. A European brother and sister, worldly in their ways, arrive unannounced in New England. There their world clashes with that of their cousins, the pious and pure Wentworths. A thickening plot of mistrust, enfolding love and devotion follows. The film culminates in three betrothals. Which family members marry, and which do not? How do the European ways mix with the free-fought and pious American ones? The Europeans is an absolute must see film!
The setting of the film in Indian summer with its golden foliage is absolutely breathtaking. Lee Remick's performance in the role of the European sister, Eugenia, is her most fine-lined, delicate and cunning ever. This Merchant Ivory production does true justice to the Henry James novel.
The Europeans is a timeless masterpiece that is not marked by the passing of years since it was filmed in 1979. The extra features on the DVD are worthwhile. An outstanding feature is an interview with James Ivory, Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala that sheds invaluable insight into the production. I also recommend by the same producers A Passage to India, Howard's End, A Room with a View, and Remains of the Day (all available on DVD).