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Year2005
RatedPG-13
Released14 Oct 2005
Runtime106 min
GenreComedy, Drama
DirectorLiev Schreiber
WriterJonathan Safran Foer (novel), Liev Schreiber (screenplay)
ActorsEugene Hutz, Elijah Wood, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jana Hrabetova
LanguageEnglish, Russian, Ukrainian
CountryUSA
Awards7 wins & 4 nominations.

Everything Is Illuminated

A young Jewish American flies to Ukraine in search of his grandfather's past. He has a photograph and the name of a village. He hires 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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