• Everything Is Illuminated (2005)

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Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: March 21st, 2006

PG-13|1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary
A young Jewish-American man obsessed with his family history, Jonathan Safran Foer (Elijah Wood) decides to journey to the Ukraine to find out more about the life of his grandfather. Guided by Alex (Eugene Hutz), a rap-obsessed local, Jonathan ventures into the heartland of the Ukraine seeking to shed light on events that occurred to his grandfather during World War II. Joining Jonathan and Alex is the latter's surly grandfather (Boris Leskin) and a dog named Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.

Cast: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Leskin, Laryssa Lauret, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jana Hrabetova, Stephen Samudovsky, Oleksandr Choroshko

Director: Liev Schreiber

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Warner Independent Pictures

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  • Not everything is illuminated in his (Liev Schreiber) version, but the book's humanity and humor shine through.

  • Wood, whose mostly mute turn is defined by his black suit and glasses, can only stare in stupefaction at Schreiber's jittery mix of broad laughs and sentiment. Audiences will share the feeling. show more

  • Whimsically conjures the magic-realist imagery of the novel while pruning the book of its narrative undergrowth. What results is a striking piece of topiary shorn of its vital branches. show more

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