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Everything is Illuminated

Everything is Illuminated
  • 2005
  • USA
  • 106 min
  • Directed by: Liev Schreiber
  • Cast: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, Boris Leskin

Writer/director Schreiber does a clever thing in his adaptation of Foer's over-acclaimed novel – he ditches most of the book. This movie is entirely about Foer's journey to the Ukraine to search for the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. As with the book, however, the best character in the film is the reluctant Ukrainian tour guide Alex (Hutz). It's Alex's punchy voiceover that gets the film off to a raucous start and, by and large, retains its rhythm throughout. When he is off-screen Everything is Illuminated is zapped of energy and stagnates.

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