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Time Out Says

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.
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Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 25 November 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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