EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED
DIRECTOR: Liev Schreiber
STARRING: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz And Boris Leskin
MUSIC: Paul Cantelon, Sergei Snurov
RUNNING TIME: 106 minutes
TYPE OF FILM: tragicomic
Reviews by I CE
I saw “Everything Is Illuminated” a few weeks ago at school and it was amazing.
Everything Is Illuminated is a 2005 movie directed by Liev Schreiber and Jonathan Safran Foer. it is a dramatic film adapted from the novel written By Jonathan Safran Foer. the main characters are Jonathan Foer (Elijah Wood) , Alex and his grandfather (Eugene Hutz and Boris Leskin).
Jonathan is an American Jewish young man who wants to meet the woman who saved his grandfather during the Second World War. so he wants to find Trachimbrod, the village where his grandfather met the woman who saved him; his guides to Trachimbrod are a young Ukrainian guy called Alex and his grandfather an anti-Jewish, crazy old man. This trip will change their lives forever.
I think the movie’s lovable and amazing, the actors are so good at playing their role and I suggest the people who love this kind of films (like me)watch it.
I really liked this film . It is funny and “sad” at the same time. It has really interested me because I have enjoyed how it deals with the issue of the Shoah. The story talks about the “adventure” of Jonathan Safran Foer ( Elijah Wood), who is looking for Trachinbrod, in the Ukraine, where his grandfather came from.
In fact Jonathan is a collector, he collects objects belonging to his big Jewish family. He has almost nothing of his grandfather, only a little piece of amber. But his grandmother, in her deathbed, gave him a photograph which shows his grandfather with his girlfriend in Trachinbrod, many years ago, when he was young. This little photograph makes him begin his little adventure in the Ukraine. His guide is Alex, a young man who loves American singers and dancers and really likes pop. He speaks a strange sort of English. He will be, with his grandfather and his dog Sammy Davis Jr.Jr., Jonathan’s companion in the adventurer . This is an exciting adventure in the beautiful Ukrainian country. At the end of the adventure Jonathan and “company” will discover many important things.
My favourite character is Alex. I like it because he's so funny and a bit strange. So I recommend it very much, and I really hope that you will enjoy it!
3. Giuseppe, Leonardo, Lorenzo D.M.
We highly recommend this film because even though it talks about a sad event (the holocaust) it's funny at the same time.
We also enjoyed watching the film as it explains the story of Jews from a different point of view.
4. Lioba, Ottavia, Sara, Sofia,
We enjoyed it a lot, it was very funny sometimes, but it also brought tears in your eyes.
From what I understood, everything turns tragic and changes from comedy to tragedy as the characters uncover a past that they didn't want to remember. Although many people may see it as a perfect combination of tragedy and light-hearted comedy, I do not: most of the time I found the film quite boring and the comedy quite obvious.
Furthermore, I feel that the plot is excessively complex, it is, in fact, often very difficult to understand.
I couldn't recommend this movie for mainly two reasons: it is a rough mix of two very different types of movies and I personally feel that the plot is at times too complicated, at times mediocre.
Go to sleep instead!
6. Jacopo, Benedetta
Toward the end the movie becomes sadder and more moving, giving moments of great intensity and beauty, but without being overly maudlin.
7. Diletta, Rares
We think this movie is an original way of approaching a very ticklish issue.
First of all, with its unusual and enjoyable beginning and other elements such as Alex's pronunciation, it puts you in a good mood.
Then in the second part of the movie the real message surfaces and becomes more and more evident: the pain inflicted and the marks of the Nazi in the life of every single person who lived at the time of the Holocaust.
The film really stole us although you have to be very careful of every single detail to get the backdrop of it.
We'd give it a 8.5/10 rating.
8. Lorenzo R.
With its sad and funny parts,this story will make you cry and laugh at times, due to the dramatic Safran, Trachimbrod’s story and Alex’s strange English.
The surprise ending of the film will make you think, and will make you remember this touching story.
9. Chiara, Susanna
Our favourite character has been alex's grandfather, a strange man who will surprise you at the end of the story.
We highly recommend watching this film.
I think this film is very good because, being so funny, it shows us a real fact that suggests many things.
I also think that the actors in this movie were very good .
11. Emma, Giovanna, Guia, Rebecca
We suggest you watch this movie because it tells a special, original and sweet story, so you can cry and laugh. There are many scenes recalling the Jewish genocide, this film makes you think about human problems, and how silly we are.