Everything Is Illuminated (film)

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Everything Is Illuminated (film)
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name Everything Is Illuminated| image = Everything Is Illuminated film.jpg| caption = Everything Is Illuminated movie poster| alt = Chicago Sun-Times| director = Liev Schreiber

    | writer =| screenplay = Liev Schreiber
    Everything Is IlluminatedJonathan Safran Foer{edih}FOER TITLE=EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED: A NOVEL YEAR=2002, 0-618-17387-0, {edih}| music = Paul CantelonSergei Shnurov| cinematography = Matthew LibatiqueAndrew MarcusCraig McKay (film editor)>Craig McKayBig Beach (company)>Big Beach| distributor = Warner Independent Pictures200516}}| runtime = 104 minutes| country = United StatesEnglish language>English Russian language Ukrainian language>Ukrainiandate=May 2014}}| gross = $3,601,974"Everything Is Illuminated (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2016-10-03.}}Everything Is Illuminated is a 2005 biographical comedy-drama film, written and directed by Liev Schreiber and starring Elijah Wood and Eugene Hütz. It was adapted from the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, and was the debut film of Liev Schreiber both as a director and as a screenwriter.Scott, A. O. (16 September 2005). "A Journey Inspired by Family Becomes One of Forgiveness". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-10-03.NEWS,weblink Everything Is Illuminated [Film Review], Etherington, Daniel,weblink" title="">weblink 19 June 2006, 2016-10-03, Channel 4,


    Jonathan Safran Foer (Elijah Wood), a young American Jew, goes on a quest to find the woman, Augustina, who saved his grandfather, Safran Foer, during the Holocaust in a small Ukrainian town called Trachimbrod that was wiped off the map when the Nazis liquidated Eastern European shtetls. His guides are a cranky, antisemitic grandfather (Boris Leskin), his deranged Border Collie named Sammy Davis, Jr., Jr., and his over-enthusiastic grandson, Alex (Eugene Hütz), whose fractured command of English, passion for American pop culture, and constant chatter threaten to make the worst of every situation. The guides are not very knowledgeable about the subject of finding Jews, and usually just attempt to scam them by taking them on long journeys, but after hearing about Jonathan's compelling story, they decide they actually want to help him. After traveling through much of rural Ukraine, they eventually find Augustina's sister, Lista (Laryssa Lauret), who leads them to where Augustina was killed by Nazi soldiers after her father refused to spit on the Torah. Alex's grandfather kills himself after it was revealed he was Jewish and managed to survive the war himself by hiding his religion. Jonathan returns home after saying farewell to Alex, to whom he has grown close. Both Jonathan and Alex sprinkle soil gathered from the site of the massacre on their respective grandfathers' graves. Alex's grandfather is given a Jewish burial.


    The score for Everything Is Illuminated features eight original tracks composed by Paul Cantelon,Everything is Illuminated Soundtrack along with songs by Russian ska punk band Leningrad, Arkady Severny, Csókolom, Tin Hat Trio, and Gogol Bordello, whose lead singer Eugene Hütz plays Alex. The band members of Gogol Bordello play the band in the train station where the character Alex has come to meet his US client, Jonathan Foer. DeVotchKa's single "How It Ends" is featured in the trailer, but not in the official soundtrack.

    Critical response

    American Chronicle counted the film among the "rare films that encapsulate the emotion of discovery and drama with humor",NEWS, Simpson, Mary Anne, A Review of the Movie: Everything is Illuminated,weblink 19 January 2007,weblink" title="">weblink 13 August 2012, 2016-10-03, American Chronicle, while Time Out New York called it Liev Schreiber's "unbelievably assured debut as a director".Rothkopf, Joshua (28 September 2005). "Everything Is Illuminated" [film review]. Time Out New York. Retrieved 2016-10-03. Roger Ebert praised the film, assigning it 3 and a half stars out of 4, and suggested that one might well see it a second time (as he did) "to understand the journey it takes".NEWS, September 2005, Ebert, Roger, Roger Ebert,weblink Chicago Sun-Times, Everything is Illuminated ['Coming Soon' blurb; reporting from the 2005 Toronto Film Festival],weblink" title="">weblink 23 September 2005, yes, Full review, dated 22 September 2005, retrieved from, 2016-10-03.

    Box office

    The film lost money at the box office, as the gross receipts never surpassed even the small budget of the production.




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