Everything Is Illuminated

Everything Is Illuminated

DVD - 2006
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"Some people collect stamps, cigar bands or teacups. Jonathan saves memories of family: photos, cards, false teeth, handfuls of dirt - all sealed in individual bags and mounted on a wall. Now Jonathan seeks a more elusive memory. He'll journey to the Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis in 1942. Liev Schreiber (Scream, RKO 281) makes his debut on the other side of the camera, directing and adapting (from Jonathan Safran Foer's novel) an affecting road movie. Elijah Wood stars as buttoned-up Jonathan, and Eugene Hutz plays his language-battering Ukrainian guide. Join them as cultures clash...and as the road leads where they want to go yet never expected. They, and you, will emerge illuminated."--Container.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, c2006
Branch Call Number: DVD EVE Com
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : Dolby Surround digital sd., col. ; 12 cm


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Feb 14, 2018

I enjoyed this movie.

DCPL_Karen Nov 04, 2016

A story that is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, one I've read more than a few times.

May 05, 2016

Did not like this movie at all. I found it boring and underdeveloped. Many scenes with a character looking off as if contemplating but it wasn't really clear to me what they were contemplating. Did not understand the "whys" of the last 20 minutes of the movie. Just plain no enjoyment for me at all.

Feb 21, 2016

Excellent movie, funny and sad the same time,

Mar 21, 2015

Weird off-beat beginning that we settled into, and ended up enjoying for its originality. Another odd character, played by Elijah Wood, and his very odd collecting. Loved the side character of Eugene Hutz, very optimistic guy!

Nov 30, 2014

I enjoyed this movie. While the movie did sterotype eastern eruapeans I thought it was done in a light hearted vein strictly for entertainment purposes.
I found the movie to be very entertaining speaking of entertainment.

harrybrowne Jul 22, 2014

Sad and funny all over. Elijah Wood is terrific (the potato scene is hysterical). Second half better than the first. Big negative is the constant, gratuitous vulgarity.

Mar 13, 2014

I found this film to be quirky, charming, and ultimately poignant. It’s clearly quite stylized in its approach and reminded me a lot of the Coen brothers. Hutz was indeed a standout and a brilliant piece of casting as was the man who played Baruch. My only question was how ever did the older sister of Augustine survive the massacre? Without her, of course, there wouldn’t have been much of a story, but it seemed doubtful that the Nazis would have let her survive from 1942 through the end of the war, living in that farmhouse. Maybe I missed something.

Mar 12, 2014

illuminating. poignant ending as everyone reconnects with Trachimbrod. a window into one man's search for a family truth but things are not always what they seem to be.

Aug 05, 2012

Great movie.

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Feb 14, 2018

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Feb 14, 2018

Jonathan: I'm a vegetarian.

Alex: You're a what?

Jonathan: I don't eat meat.

Alex: How can you not eat meat?

Jonathan: I just don't.

Alex: [to Grandfather, in Russian] He says he does not eat meat.

Grandfather: [to Alex, in Russian] What?

Alex: No meat?

Jonathan: No meat.

Alex: Steak?

Jonathan: No...

Alex: Chickens!

Jonathan: No...

Alex: And what about the sausage?

Jonathan: No, no sausage, no meat!

Alex: [to Grandfather, in Russian] He says he does not eat any meat.

Grandfather: [to Alex, in Russian] Not even sausage?

Alex: [to Grandfather, in Russian] I know!

Grandfather: [to Alex, in Russian] What is wrong with him?

Alex: What is wrong with you?

Jonathan: Nothing, I just don't eat meat!

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