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Enlightenment Guaranteed (1999)

Erleuchtung garantiert (original title)
Two very different brothers get together for a temporary stay in a Japanese zen monastry. The trip from Germany to Japan brings up some unexpected quests they have to manage. Soon both ... See full summary »

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Petra Zieser ...
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Ulrike Kriener ...
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Franz X. Gernstl ...
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Gisela Gernstl ...
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Ulrikes Liebhaber
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Two very different brothers get together for a temporary stay in a Japanese zen monastry. The trip from Germany to Japan brings up some unexpected quests they have to manage. Soon both really have to leave their ordinary lifes behind and are on a voyage to themselves. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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I Will Survive (Ich überleb's)
Written by Freddie Perren, Dino Fekaris
Performed by Gustav-Peter Wöhler
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Brilliant, introspective, funny film.
1 August 2000 | by (Melbourne) – See all my reviews

Shown at the MIFF as 'The Bridge in the Rain' (why? I dunno).

I almost didn't see this film as it sounded as if it could easily have been another of those 'mundane' foreign films but no, it was excellent.

Gustav, who originally intended to go to the Tokyo monastery, is the type who gets lost in supermarkets. The other brother, Uwe, ends up going along after drowning his sorrows when his wife leaves him. Unfortunately, Uwe seems to fit right in with the strict monastery life, much to Gustav's torment! He even copes better than his brother when they get lost and separated in Tokyo. They both have personal torment and sibling rivalry which is equally engaging and funny.

The monastery is in quiet, idyll surroundings out of Tokyo. A memorable line which hits home if you live in a big city comes in the form of a saying about 'hate' and anger - but I won't give it away.

I thought that the story could have gone in any number of possible directions with equally enjoyable results.

I also think that filming this on video and using footage from the video camera in the film enhanced the realism. A very memorable film.


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