Everything Is Illuminated

Everything Is Illuminated

Streaming Video - 2005
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Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated" tells the story of a young man's quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather in a small Ukrainian town that was wiped off the map by the Nazi invasion. What starts out as a journey to piece together one family's story under absurd circumstances turns into a meaningful journey with a powerful series of revelations -- the importance of remembrance, the perilous nature of secrets, the legacy of the Holocaust, and the meaning of friendship.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Independent Pictures : Made available through hoopla, 2005.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 106 min.)) : sd., col.

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DCPL_Karen Nov 04, 2016

A story that is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, one I've read more than a few times.

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sldphotonut
May 05, 2016

Did not like this movie at all. I found it boring and underdeveloped. Many scenes with a character looking off as if contemplating but it wasn't really clear to me what they were contemplating. Did not understand the "whys" of the last 20 minutes of the movie. Just plain no enjoyment for me at all.

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TD101
Feb 21, 2016

Excellent movie, funny and sad the same time,

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MarionAn
Mar 21, 2015

Weird off-beat beginning that we settled into, and ended up enjoying for its originality. Another odd character, played by Elijah Wood, and his very odd collecting. Loved the side character of Eugene Hutz, very optimistic guy!

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laratis
Nov 30, 2014

I enjoyed this movie. While the movie did sterotype eastern eruapeans I thought it was done in a light hearted vein strictly for entertainment purposes.
I found the movie to be very entertaining speaking of entertainment.

harrybrowne Jul 22, 2014

Sad and funny all over. Elijah Wood is terrific (the potato scene is hysterical). Second half better than the first. Big negative is the constant, gratuitous vulgarity.

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pegasus71
Mar 13, 2014

I found this film to be quirky, charming, and ultimately poignant. It’s clearly quite stylized in its approach and reminded me a lot of the Coen brothers. Hutz was indeed a standout and a brilliant piece of casting as was the man who played Baruch. My only question was how ever did the older sister of Augustine survive the massacre? Without her, of course, there wouldn’t have been much of a story, but it seemed doubtful that the Nazis would have let her survive from 1942 through the end of the war, living in that farmhouse. Maybe I missed something.

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ms_mustard
Mar 12, 2014

illuminating. poignant ending as everyone reconnects with Trachimbrod. a window into one man's search for a family truth but things are not always what they seem to be.

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caffeinehusky2011
Aug 05, 2012

Great movie.

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vcc
Oct 01, 2011

A fictionalized, autobiographical story of a young Jewish-American who travels to the Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Foer uses humour to approach the topic of the holocaust, and creates an interesting genealogy of the main character to fill in gaps that the main character knows he will never have revealed. (Dec 2006)

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