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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Everything Is Illuminated



Wow.

I love this movie. Based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer (which I did not read), and starring Elijah Wood, this film about an odd Jewish man who travels to the Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis is cross between Napoleon Dynamite and Fiddler on the Roof. Minus the shmaltzy music. Unless you think Gypsy Punk is shmaltzy.

If you like quirky films that are a little left of the beaten path, give it a try.

19 comments:

Wickwire said...

"Make sure to secure the door when I am gone. There are many dangerous people who wanna take things from Americans, and also kidnap them. Good night!"

Alex

PsychoToddler said...

Not a day goes by when I don't say, "Grandfather informs me, this is not possible."

Ralphie said...

The book is incredible. Especially when experienced as a book-on-tape with a guy with a really good accent doing the narrator. So good, in fact, that I fear I would hate the movie.

BrooklynWolf said...

Looks interesting. I've added it to my Netflix queue. But my queue is looooong. I may not get to it for a while.

The Wolf

StepIma said...

The movie is really good, but nowhere near as good as the book. The director took a lot of interesting liberties with the film, which work really well... but which make it a completely different work of art.

kasamba said...

OOOh, I'm gonna buy the book!

Shifra said...

I agree the movie was good - the book was bizzare but even better.
How ever funny Alex was in the movie he was absolutely HILLARIOUS in print. I literally fell off the couch laughing.

I'm currently listening to the next book of his on CD (unusual for me but terrific listening since JSF is all about the dialogue) it's great too, and sad just like his first.

Shifra said...

Also if we ever get a dog I'm definately going to name it Sammy Davis Junior, Jr.

orieyenta said...

Ooo - I'm excited. I'm going to be stuck sitting on a few airplanes and airports on Friday and I had been looking for a good book (or even movie to watch on the laptop!) Thanks PT!

PsychoToddler said...

Shifra: Even if it is a b&%*$?

I had heard that the book was not as good. Maybe I'll get a copy.

I just love the movie though. Except the ending.

Baleboosteh said...

Yep, its a great movie, I loved it too. The ending was pretty sad.

I would love to read the book though.

Neil Harris said...

Cool. I just started reading the book last week. I'll catch the movie when I'm finished.

Tzipster91 said...

I haven't read the book or seen the movie - in fact, I hadn't heard of it until now. But the book is almost always better than the movie. (Harry Potter, LOTR, Cheaper By the Dozen, Robin Hood, and The Da Vinci Code, just to name a few.

PsychoToddler said...

Usually, that's true, Tzippy, but a lot of what I like about this movie has to do with the filmmaking--the deadpan performances, the wonderful accents, the gypsy punk music, and the beautiful (presumably) Ukranian countryside.

It also reminds me a bit of Ed Wood for some reason.

GregoryT said...

from a Russian Jewish perspective: the movie is extra great when you speak Russian and you come from that background (and lived almost half of your life in the US). The Russian dialog is even better than the English subtitles. And yes, the words "premium" and "informs me this is impossible" perfectly fit the movie. Amazing film.

Also, just watched it for the second time, and in the credits I saw that most of the film was NOT shot in the Ukraine. The names of the actors are not Ukranian or Russian, rather Czech. Nonetheless, the Russian dialogue is just great.

Also, in the credits you see that the leafblower in the cemetery is actually the author of the book: Jonathan Safran Foer.

Sweettooth120 said...

I've never heard of it, but it sounds like my type of movie, being a little left of the quirky side.

Kiwi the Geek said...

How do you know which side of quirky is which?

I thought I read that it WAS filmed in Ukraine. I'm sure I read that the dialogue was authentic, some local dialect.

We just rented it last night, on your recommendation, and I laughed through the first half. But I didn't cry the second half, I never cry for movies, it drives me nuts. But I'll probably cry for the book. Much more satisfying.

"Many girls want to be carnal with me, because I'm such a premium dancer." (while breakdancing, wearing a warmup suit) HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Judd said...

I saw it on the El Al flight to Israel in Feb of this year. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

torontopearl said...

Movie was recommended to me in March. (I never read the book.)Finally saw it recently; LOVED IT. For its quirkiness, MUSIC, offscreen narration, characterization of grandfather coming through the dialogue and subtitles.
I liked the twists and turns, but yes, I found it rather sad and disturbing at times.
I refer to this kind of film as "a thinking man's movie" -- I'm still thinking about it.