Everything Is Illuminated

DVD - 2006
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Everything Is Illuminated
A young American man journeys 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 broken English.

Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2006
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 1419802356
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE E
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Mar 21, 2015
  • MarionAn rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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
  • laratis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 22, 2014
  • harrybrowne rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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
  • pegasus71 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • ms_mustard rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 17, 2012
  • caffeinehusky2011 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great movie.

Oct 01, 2011
  • vcc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fictionalized, autobiographical story of a young Jewish-American who travels to the Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Foer uses humour to approach the topic of the holocaust, and creates an interesting genealogy of the main character to fill in gaps that the main character knows he will never have revealed. (Dec 2006)

Jan 16, 2011

I was disappointed in the movie (as one often is). I didn't read the book, but listened to it on audio book and loved it. The performer was wonderful. It was my first introduction to Foer's work. It made me want to go out and read everything he's written.

Feb 02, 2010
  • chichico rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A funny, strange movie. If you like offbeat movies this fits the bill. Very entertaining.

Apr 01, 2008
  • reviewer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Superb balance between humourous, poignant, & offbeat elements. The most moving, compelling, Holocaust reconciliation narrative I've ever seen.


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