Everything is Illuminated (2005)

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Critic Consensus: Although it excises much from its famously dense source material, Everything is Illuminated is a quirky, ambitious debut film from Liev Schreiber.

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Tale of a young 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. What starts out as a journey to piece together one family's story under the most absurd circumstances turns into a surprisingly meaningful journey with a powerful series of revelations -- the importance of remembrance, the perilous nature of secrets, the legacy of the Holocaust, the meaning of friendship and, most importantly, love.
Rating:
PG-13 (for disturbing images/violence, sexual content and language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Elijah Wood
as Jonathan Safran Foer
Oleksandr Choroshko
as Alexander Perchov, Father
Jonathan Safran Foer
as Leaf Blower
Boris Leskin
as Grandfather
Jana Hrabetova
as Jonathan's Grandmother
Stepán Samudovský
as Jonathan's Grandfather Safran
Ljubomir Dezera
as Young Jonathan
Zuzana Hodkova
as Alex's Mother
Sandra Mikki
as Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.
Mikki
as Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.
Robert Chytil
as Breakdancer
Jaroslava Sochová
as Woman on Train
Sergej Rjabcev
as Ukrainian Band
Jurij Lemeshev
as Ukrainian Band
Sergei Ryabtsev
as Ukrainian Band Member
Yuri Lemeshev
as Ukrainian Band Member
Pamela Racine
as Ukrainian Band Member
Oleksandr Houtz
as Ukrainian Band Member
Ludmila Kartouská
as Ukrainian Band
Eugenin Marandic
as Fair Goer
Igor Latta
as Old Man at Fair
Orest Tkachyk
as Fair Goer
Eugeni Marandic
as Fair Goer
Orest Tkachuk
as Fair Goer
Eliás Bauer
as Well Digger
Sergej Kapitan
as Well Digger
Jurij Kokyrc
as Well Digger
Sergei Kapitan
as Well Digger
Jaroslav Jurichkanc
as Well Digger
Igor Savivskij
as Well Digger
Jan Filipensky
as Well Digger
Bert Schneider
as Nazi Officer
Tereza Veselková
as Augustine
Lukás Král
as Young Grandfather (Baruch)
Vera Sindelárová
as Young Lista
Mouse on Mars
as Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.
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Critic Reviews for Everything is Illuminated

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (34)

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Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | February 2, 2007
Washington Post
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's funny and warm, with the sting of the horrific event that triggered the trip giving it a melancholy feel.

Full Review… | October 14, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's profound in the way that life is profound in hindsight, its view of the past both fixed in history and mutable in the telling. And it's exquisitely tender.

Full Review… | October 7, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Everything is Illuminated

½

An unusual film - part comedy, part drama. Elijah Wood plays a young man who travels to the Ukraine to remember what he could about his Jewish grandfather's escape from the Nazis in WW2. He gets more than he bargained for.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

A Ukrainian road trip of self discovery begins when a man decides to unravel the family secret that breaks his dying grandmother's heart ... giving us the best (and maybe the only) living with the Holocaust in the third generation story ever. You'll laugh, you'll cry.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I resisted seeing this before reading the novel on which it's based, but I finally caved when it was on IFC... so glad I did. In the early going, director Liev Schreiber lets the camera and the music do most of the narrating before the perspective shifts to that of Ukrainian guide, Alex. It's unclear exactly whose story this is, which is the point in a way, and it's hard to say more than that without blowing the ending. A quirky, heavy film about finding out where we come from, and one that I really enjoyed. I think once I've read the book, I'll like it even more.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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