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Everything is Illuminated
- Elijah Wood

Overview - Acclaimed actor Liev Schrieber (DAYTRIPPERS, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE) makes his directorial debut in this adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's bestselling novel about a young Jewish-American writer of the same name. Mixing equal parts black comedy and poignant drama, the film follows Jonathan (Elijah Wood) as he travels to the Ukraine to solve a family secret.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Acclaimed actor Liev Schrieber (DAYTRIPPERS, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE) makes his directorial debut in this adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's bestselling novel about a young Jewish-American writer of the same name. Mixing equal parts black comedy and poignant drama, the film follows Jonathan (Elijah Wood) as he travels to the Ukraine to solve a family secret. There he meets his barely legitimate tour guides: Alex (Eugene Hutz, member of the folk-punk band Gogol Bordello), a cosmopolitan playboy obsessed with Michael Jackson and other American icons; Alex's grandfather (Boris Leskin), a man worn down by life who seems to be losing his grip on reality; and Sammy Davis, Jr. Jr, the "seeing-eye bitch" dog who comes along for the ride. As Jonathan closes in on his goal--to find the story behind the woman who saved his grandfather during the Holocaust--it becomes clear that Alex's grandfather has a dark secret of his own that needs to be, as the film suggests, illuminated. EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED lives up to the quirkiness of its source material, and is similar to films like BEING JOHN MALKOVICH or LOST IN TRANSLATION. Filmed on location in Prague, the film features breathtaking landscapes, including a memorable scene in a field of sunflowers. Also notable is the film's soundtrack, which features songs by Gogol Bordello, as well as an outstanding ethnic score by Paul Cantelon. Quirky, funny, sweet, and sad, Schreiber's excellent adaptation provides both closure and hope for survivors of the Holocaust.

Cast List

Liev Schreiber - American actor, SCREAM series/LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA
Laryssa Lauret - Actor, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED (2005)
Peter Saraf - Executive Producer, NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE--THE COMPLEX...
Marc Turtletaub - Producer, THE LAWS OF ATTRACTION (2004)
Jonathan Safran Foer - Source Writer, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED (2005)
Boris Leskin - Actor, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED (2005)
Eugene Hutz - Actor & Lead Singer of Gogol Bordello
Eugene Hütz - Actor & Lead Singer of Gogol Bordello
Craig McKay - Editor
Matthew Libatique - Cinematographer; PI (1997), REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (2000)
Mark Geraghty
Michael Clancy - Costume Designer
Elijah Wood - American actor
Matthew Stillman - coproducer
Andrew Marcus - Editor

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 106
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 012569593428
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (disturbing images/violence, sexual content and language)
  • Release Date: March 2006

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
World War II
Jewish Heritage
Theatrical Release
Jewish
Based On A Novel

 
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Theatrical Release: SEPTEMBER 16, 2005

Reviews:
"Schreiber's heartfelt project earns points for disciplined ambition....Impressively well lit." -- Grade: B+ - 09/23/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.62


"Schreiber elicits fine performances. Wood works with great subtlety, and Hutz is marvelously engaging..." - 09/01/2005 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.98-100


"[Hutz gives] a performance of great comic instinct and unexpected subtlety....[A] humane, moving road trip." - 10/01/2005 Premiere, p.49-50


"[T]he story's intrinsic value and imaginative zest remain, as does the book's hilarious dialogue….The result is a charming and eccentric story of a journey through the back roads of the Ukraine, with a pair of unlikely guides." - 09/16/2005 USA Today, p.6E


"Hutz's embodiment of 'street' Kiev is a blast....Lifted directly from the book, his mangled English raises the film's biggest laughs..." - 12/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.54


4 stars out of 5 -- "Schreiber's balance of offbeat humour and tragedy is perfectly judged, while Leskin steals the show as the man unlocking terrible secrets from the past." - 05/01/2006 Uncut, p.150

 
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