Everything Is Illuminated

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I watched this twice, and I honestly never believed I'd see Elijah Wood's character upstaged, but it happened in this movie. The crazy Ukranian (Alex), played by the delightful Eugene Hutz, stole the show with his humor, unique mannerisms and choice of specific English words, adding depth to an already intriquing, emotionally layered film. If not for the humor, this story might've been too heavy. Whether you feel the ending is sad depends upon perspective. Perhaps the grandfather's burdened spirit was finally released after carrying a secret he kept hidden from his family and his own broken heart? This is another movie that has inspired me to read the book. Fantastic!

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Illuminating!

on 5/6/2012

I watched this twice, and I honestly never believed I'd see Elijah Wood's character upstaged, but it happened in this movie. The crazy Ukranian (Alex), played by the delightful Eugene Hutz, stole the show with his humor, unique mannerisms and choice of specific English words, adding depth to an already intriquing, emotionally layered film. If not for the humor, this story might've been too heavy. Whether you feel the ending is sad depends upon perspective. Perhaps the grandfather's burdened spirit was finally released after carrying a secret he kept hidden from his family and his own broken heart? This is another movie that has inspired me to read the book. Fantastic!

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Product Overview

A young jewish american man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during world war II in a ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the nazis, with the help of a local who speaks weirdly funny broken english.

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Studio Warner
SKU 202153384
UPC 012569593428
UPC 14 00012569593428
Format DVD
Release Date 5/23/2006
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Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Wood,Elijah
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Cast & Crew
Andrew Marcus - Editor
Elijah Wood - Actor
Eugene Hutz - Actor
Jana Hrabetova - Actor
Jonathan Safran Foer - Based On Novel By
Jonathan Safran Foer - Actor
Liev Schreiber - Screenplay
Liev Schreiber - Director
Matthew Libatique - Cinematographer
Paul Cantelon - Musical Score
Peter Saraf - Producer
Awards
Venice Film Festival (2005) Liev Schreiber, Winner, Laterna Magica Prize
Reviews
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review Schreiber takes Foer's sprawling, multilayered, multigenerational beast and hones it into a post-Glasnost buddy picture; a polished nugget of a road movie, focused mainly on Alex and Jonathan's growing sense of identification with each other and with their origins.
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Reviewer Carina Chocano
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Everything is Illuminated is a film that grows in reflection. The first time I saw it, I was hurtling down the tracks of a goofy ethnic comedy when suddenly we entered dark and dangerous territory. I admired the film but did not sufficiently appreciate its arc. I went to see it again at the Toronto Film Festival, feeling that I had missed some notes, had been distracted by Jonathan's eyeglasses and other relative irrelevancements (as Alex might say). The second time, I was more aware of the journey Schreiber was taking us on, and why it is necessary to begin where he begins in order to get where he's going.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Wood,Elijah
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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Claudia Puig, USA Today A movie with wit, warmth and unabashed emotion.
Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly A brave and loving movie.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal ...the book's humanity and humor shine through.
Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter Schreiber capably adds writer-director to his impressive resume with this winning take on the Jonathan Safran Foer novel.

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