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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Elijah Wood
Eugene Hutz
Boris Leskin
Jonathan Safran Foer
Zuzana Hodkova
Directors
Liev Schreiber
Screenwriters
Liev Schreiber
Running Time
105 minutes

Everything Is Illuminated


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Everything Is Illuminated

Plot
Jonathan (Wood), a neurotic American Jew, travels to the Ukraine to find a woman he believes helped his grandfather escape from the Nazis. His guide is Alex (Hutz), an idealistic local with a garbled grasp of English and a similarly warped take on Western culture. Driven by Alex’s anti-Semitic grandfather, they take a road trip of discovery…


Verdict
A thoughtful approach to a much-covered topic, mixing prickly issues of roots and genocide with an eye for the surreal and an ear for the earthy.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

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