Everything Is Illuminated

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Schreiber’s first film as writer-director pares Jonathan Safran Foer’s overpraised novel down to its contemporary through-line, which follows Jonathan (Wood, inscrutable behind enormous glasses) through the Ukraine countryside as he searches for the woman who he believes saved his grandfather from the Nazis;he’s aided by a malaprop-spouting guide, Alex (Gogol Bordello frontman Hutz in a winning film debut), and Alex’s own bigoted granddad. Self-consciously droll and stylised in the mode of recent Wes Anderson, the handsome but surface-skimming film italicises its clumsy comic diversions with rote bursts of klezmer before turning uncertainly sombre.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday November 25 2005
Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Liev Schreiber
Screenwriter: Liev Schreiber
Cast: Elijah Wood
Eugene Hutz
Boris Leskin
Laryssa Lauret
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