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Everything Is Illuminated

(DVD - 2006)
Average Rating: 1 stars out of 5.
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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.
Statement of Responsibility: Warner Independent Pictures presents ; a Big Beach production ; produced by Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf ; written for the screen and directed by Liev Schreiber
Title: Everything is illuminated
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2006
Edition: Widescreen
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer
Original production: c2005
Credits: Music, Paul Cantelon ; editors, Craig McKay, Andrew Marcus ; director of photography, Matthew Libatique.
Performers: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz ... [et al.].
Summary: 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.
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, DVD-9, dual layer
Other Language: In English with some Russian and Ukranian; optional English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: World War, 1939-1945 Jews Rescue Drama Ukraine History 1921-1944 Drama Legacies Drama Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Genre/Form: Feature films
Adventure films
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
Legacies
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Additional Contributors: Schreiber, Liev
Wood, Elijah 1981-
Hutz, Eugene 1972-
Foer, Jonathan Safran 1977-
Publisher No: 53342
ISBN: 1419802356
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE E
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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)

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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