Erleuchtung garantiert (Enlightenment Guaranteed) (1999)
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Noted German filmmaker Doris Dorrie directs this understated comedy about two middle-aged brothers who go to study at a Zen monastery in Japan. The two brothers could not be more different. Uwe (Uwe Ochsenknecht) is a bored husband and kitchenware salesman, while Gustav (Gustav Peter Wohler) is a flighty feng shui consultant and Eastern religions devotee. Just as Gustav is preparing to leave for the land of the rising sun, Uwe, whose wife just dumped him, begs his brother to let him tag along.
Jun 1, 1999 Wide
Aug 12, 2003
Universal Studios Home Video
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With its lack of visual artistry and its overabundance of expository dialogue, I was bored not long after it began.
Doris Dorrie obviously loves these guys, not in spite of their foibles and failings, but, oddly, because of them.
Sometimes movies transcend their descriptions. Who would want to see a German film about a couple of brothers heading for Japan to visit a Zen monastery?
Its coda--set in that remote monastery--shows signs that enlightenment, if not actually guaranteed, might still be possible for a couple of cranky Europeans.
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