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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.

Aug 12, 2003

Universal Studios Home Video

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (5)

Dorrie manages to keep the film, and her characters, on track.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

With its lack of visual artistry and its overabundance of expository dialogue, I was bored not long after it began.

April 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Doris Dorrie obviously loves these guys, not in spite of their foibles and failings, but, oddly, because of them.

April 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

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?

December 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

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.

June 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

You'll be every bit as satisfied for savoring its comic wit, subtle story, and fine cast.

March 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Audience Reviews for Erleuchtung garantiert (Enlightenment Guaranteed)

This movie is charming on the whole, but even if it doesn't catch your fancy, it's worth sitting through just for the scene where "I Will Survive" is sung in drunk, slurred German. A man, distraught over being dumped by his wife, follows his brother on a pilgrimage to a Buddhist monstery in Tibet.
July 21, 2006
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