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Everything is Illuminated (2005) Movie Information

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Liev Schreiber


Eugene Hutz
Elijah Wood
Jonathan Safran Foer
Jana Hrabetova
Stephen Samudovsky
Ljubomir Dezera





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An American Jewish man goes to Ukraine to find the mystery behind a photograph left to him by his grandfather. A young and old Ukrainian help him as his translator and driver.

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A charming telling of a fanciful tale. Elijah Wood is really making a name for himself now, isn't he?

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  Daniel Corleone
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11/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Jonathan Foer (Elijah Wood) searches for the person connected to his grandfather. He is aided by Alex (Eugene Hutz) and his grandfather together with Sammy Davis Jr. Jr. They all discover and experience something that would touch their lives. A very moving yet humorous drama that is well directed. Spectacular effect was when Jonathan was on the way home and the transition of the view from the window and the transportation was well crafted and presented. Skillful camera work and applicable soundtrack with interesting characters make this picture watchable. Screenplay was effective as well with lines " It has shown me that everything is illuminated in the light of the past. It is always along the side of us, on the inside, looking out. Like you say, inside out." from Alex and "You exi...

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12/23/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Everything IS Illuminated

Strange. Quirky. Moving. Poignant. Wonderful. There are so many words to describe Everything is Illuminated that I find it hard to choose them. It is simply one of the best movies of 2005.

The quirky nature and look of the film reminded me of recent films like Big Fish and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. For me the difference was the emotional center of the film; it isn’t only about being strange and quirky, but it’s also about a meaningful and emotional journey that slowly unfolds before our eyes.

Sure we are given absurd comic events and odd visual settings, but its the heart of the picture that makes the movie so remarkable and memorable. Everything from the music to the odd characters and scenery add to the flavor of the story, but they never intrude too far on what ...

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