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Enlightenment Guaranteed (1999)
"Erleuchtung garantiert" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Beautifully rendered film about reconcilliation
30 May 2003 | by (Davis, CA) – See all my reviews

Though I haven't seen a lot of John Casavetes' work, apart from

that, this is one of the best modern (read: 1985-present) uses of

8mm film that I've ever seen. This is one of those films you just

have to throw yourself into. I'm not drawing a parallel between the

two--at all!--but people who have seen 'Neon Genesis Evangelion'

will recall how by the end of the first episode you had no idea what

was going on, right alongside the principle character. This movie

has a similar feel--It's unsettling at first, but ultimately presents

itself as a curiously wonderful juxtaposition of warmth and

coldness; interrelation and alienation. Very few films are capable

of doing this well. Oh, and as a side note -- this is NOT one of

those aimlessly meandering art films hell-bent on using 8mm to

generate indie/underground credibility. In sum: a thoughtfully

rewarding film about two very different German brothers lost in

Japan and discovering a fine gray line dividing the point of no

return from the point just before it and overcoming that dualism.


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