Erleuchtung garantiert (Enlightenment Guaranteed) (1999)




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Movie Info

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. … More

Rating: Unrated (not Rated)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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On DVD: Aug 12, 2003
Universal Studios Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Erleuchtung garantiert (Enlightenment Guaranteed)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | May 11, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 10, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 12, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 20, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | April 12, 2003
Apollo Guide

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.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

A wonderful little comedy/drama. Very true to life, amusing, and even moving -- a genuine little Zen tale!

Kyle Meisch
Kyle Meisch

Super Reviewer

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