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Everything is Illuminated
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Everything is Illuminated 2005

Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated" tells the story of a young American Jewish man's quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather--in a small Ukrainian town that was wiped off the map by the Nazi invasion. The journey begins as a comic nightmare--with an eccentric trio of paid "expert" guides sorely lacking in expertise: a cranky grandfather who insists on bringing his unruly seeing-eye dog to help him drive, and his over-enthusiastic grandson, whose fractured command of English, passion for retro American pop culture, and inability to shut up threaten to make the worst of every situation. But what starts out as the tour from hell turns into a surprisingly meaningful journey--with an unexpected and powerful series of revelations that will indelibly change all of their lives. (read more)

Release Date:September 16th, 2005
Running Time:1 minutes
Directed By:
Liev SchreiberLiev Schreiber
Written By:
Liev SchreiberLiev Schreiber
Elijah WoodElijah Wood
No image existsEugene Hutz
No image existsBoris Leskin
No image existsBoris Leskin
No image existsLaryssa Lauret

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Everything is Illuminated Movie Review by Ilana (3/28/2006)

Given the plot outline (semi-eccentric young Jewish American makes a "history quest" to learn more about his dead grandfather's experiences in Nazi Europe), EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED could easily have become a trite and predictable tale of the search for the meaning of it all. But, in fact, the film is a compelling...

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Everything is Illuminated Movie Review by Jessica Film Junkie (7/2/2007)

I absolutely loved this book. It was something very rare to find these days: a completely original experience in narration and style. It was funny, moving and interesting. The film adaptation, on the other hand, completely misses the mark.

Elijah Wood stars as Jonathan Safran Foer, a Jewish writer who visits the...

(complete Everything is Illuminated review by Jessica Film Junkie)

Everything is Illuminated Movie Review by Danielle (3/31/2006)

SMALL WARNING for spoliers:
I really like this movie and thought that Liev did a great job directing and using just enough of the book that anyone who didn't read it will still be able to love it.
I thought the cast was great and the comedic/dramatic chemistry between the three leads kept the movie going.
I have to admit...

(complete Everything is Illuminated review by Danielle)

Everything is Illuminated Movie Review by Jarrod (9/23/2005)

Though a relatively low-profile actor (appearing most recently in The Manchurian Candidate remake), Liev Schreiber proves himself to be a rather talented director with 'Everything Is Illuminated', an adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's acclaimed novel of the same name.

Elijah Wood plays a character named Jonathan, who...

(complete Everything is Illuminated review by Jarrod)

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