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Everything Is Illuminated (2005)


Directed by: Liev Schreiber
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Tagline: Leave normal behind
Runtime: 106 min
Language: English / Russian / Ukrainian
Certification: Iceland:12 / Germany:12 / Singapore:PG / Finland:K-11 / Ireland:12A / Mexico:B15 / USA:PG-13 (certificate #41916) / Brazil:14 / Canada:14+ (Ontario) / Argentina:13 / Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) / Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) / UK:12A / Portugal:M/12
Synopsis A young Jewish American flies to the Ukraine in search of his grandfather's past. He has a photograph and the name of a village. He hires the Odessa Heritage Tours, made up of a gruff old man and his English-speaking grandson. The three, plus grandfather's deranged dog, travel in an old car from Odessa into Ukraine's heart. Jonathan, the American, is a collector, putting things he finds into small plastic bags, so he will remember. Alex, the interpreter, is an archetypal wild and crazy guy. Alex asks the old man, "Was there anti-Semitism in the Ukraine before the war?" Will they find the village? The past illuminates everything.

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Cast
Elijah Wood .... Jonathan Safran Foer
Eugene Hutz .... Alex
Boris Leskin .... Grandfather
Laryssa Lauret .... Lista
Jana Hrabetova .... Jonathan's Grandmother
Stephen Samudovsky .... Jonathan's Grandfather
Mikki .... Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.
Mouse .... Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.
Jonathan Safran Foer .... Leaf Blower


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