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Everything Is Illuminated -- A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of a local who speaks weirdly funny broken English.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Jonathan Safran Foer (novel)
Liev Schreiber (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 September 2005 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Leave Normal Behind.
Plot:
A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of an eccentric local. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
6 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Illumination is Humorous, Sad, & Deeply Moving See more (170 total) »

Cast

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Eugene Hutz ... Alex

Elijah Wood ... Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer ... Leaf Blower
Jana Hrabetova ... Jonathan's Grandmother
Stephen Samudovsky ... Jonathan's Grandfather Safran

Ljubomir Dezera ... Young Jonathan
Oleksandr Choroshko ... Alexander Perchov, Father
Gil Kazimirov ... Igor
Zuzana Hodkova ... Alex's Mother
Mikki ... Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.
Mouse ... Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.
Boris Leskin ... Grandfather
Robert Chytil ... Breakdancer
Jaroslava Sochova ... Woman on Train
Sergei Ryabtsev ... Ukrainian Band Member (as Sergej Rjabcev)
Yuri Lemeshev ... Ukrainian Band Member (as Jurij Lemeshev)

Pamela Racine ... Ukrainian Band Member
Oleksandr Houtz ... Ukrainian Band Member
Ludmila Kartouska ... Hotel Waitress
Igor Latta ... Old Man at Fair
Eugenin Marandic ... Fair Goer
Orest Tkachuk ... Fair Goer (as Orest Tkachyk)
Elias Zerael Bauer ... Goatherder Boy
Jurij Kokyrc ... Well Digger
Sergej Kapitan ... Well Digger
Jaroslav Jurichkanc ... Well Digger
Igor Savivskij ... Well Digger
Jan Pavel Filipensky ... Well Digger
Bert Schneider ... Nazi Officer
Tereza Veselkova ... Augustine

Laryssa Lauret ... Lista
Lukas Kral ... Young Grandfather, Baruch
Vera Sindelarova ... Young Lista

Directed by
Liev Schreiber 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Jonathan Safran Foer (novel)

Liev Schreiber (screenplay)

Produced by
Kelley Cribben .... associate producer
Tom Karnowski .... co-producer
David Minkowski .... co-producer
Peter Saraf .... producer
Matthew Stillman .... executive producer
Marc Turtletaub .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Cantelon 
 
Cinematography by
Matthew Libatique 
 
Film Editing by
Andrew Marcus 
Craig McKay 
 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
 
Production Design by
Mark Geraghty 
 
Art Direction by
Martin Vackár 
 
Set Decoration by
Johnny Byrne 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Clancy 
 
Makeup Department
Georgina Abanto .... key hair stylist
Georgina Abanto .... key makeup artist
Tomás Kuchta .... special makeup
Veronika Riehs .... makeup assistant
Lucie Vybiralova .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
Tom Karnowski .... unit production manager
Ravi D. Mehta .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jakub Dvorak .... second assistant director
Helena Frankova .... second second assistant director
Jude Gorjanc .... first assistant director: New York
Jan Mensík .... first assistant director
Maggie Murphy .... first assistant director
Kieron Phipps .... first assistant director (as Kieron A. Phipps)
Amanda Taylor .... key second assistant director: New York
 
Art Department
Kasia Adamik .... storyboard artist
Elizabeth Colomba .... storyboard artist
Jiri Fleischer .... property master
Stanislav Suva .... scenic artist
Michal Svoboda .... set dresser
Adam Trachtman .... graphic artist
Petra Trachtmanova .... co-set decorator
Kurt Van Der Basch .... storyboard artist (as Kurt van der Basch)
David Vondrasek .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Dave Bihldorff .... sound re-recordist
Rick Chefalas .... first assistant sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
André Dias .... dubbing editor
André Dias .... dubbing mixer
Kenna Doeringer .... adr editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Petr Forejt .... production sound mixer
Lawrence Herman .... sound editorial intern
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor (as Branka Mrkic-Tana)
Igor Nikolic .... assistant sound editor
Sarah Jean Porter .... apprentice sound editor (as Sarah Porter)
Roman Rigo .... boom operator
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Paul Urmson .... sound designer
Paul Urmson .... supervising sound editor
Steven Visscher .... supervising foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Deborah Wallach .... adr supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Jirí Vojtech .... special effects crew
 
Visual Effects by
Roland Friedrich .... Inferno artist
Miro Gal .... Inferno artist
Maros Kesjar .... compositor
Helena Keslova .... Flame artist
Vladimir Koller .... compositor
Vít Komrzý .... visual effects producer
Robert Loudil .... compositor
Zdenek Machuta .... compositor
Jay Mallet .... motion control cameraman
Vladimír Matousek .... compositor
Robert Pik .... Inferno artist
Robert Pik .... compositor
Jim Rider .... motion control cameraman
Jirí Sabata .... Flame artist
Amit Sethi .... digital artist: titles
Rasto Simocko .... Flame artist
Jiri Stamfest .... matte artist
Ondrej Stibinger .... telecine colorist dailies
Mike Trinker .... digital intermediate editor
Jan Vseticek .... visual effects coordinator
David Vána .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Andrea Kinsky .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Václav Cermak .... gaffer
Milan Chadima .... director of photography: second unit
Lamont Crawford .... key grip: New York
Magela Crosignani .... camera operator
Neil Davidson .... still photographer
Ingo Gardner .... balloon light technician
Jiri Gazda .... dolly grip
Ivo Gresak .... key grip
Jarda Hromadka .... best boy
Ladislav Hruby .... first assistant camera
Vaclav Kares .... camera loader
Pavel Kurak .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, splinter unit
Viktor Lonek .... video assist operator
John J. Moers .... director of photography: documentary crew
Frantisek Novák .... first assistant camera
Miroslav Pavlik .... second assistant camera
Carsten Thoms .... balloon light technician
Mark McDevitt .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
J. John Corbett .... animator: titles
 
Casting Department
Nancy Bishop .... casting: Prague
Max Bollinger .... casting: Russia, Ukraine
Jessica Daniels .... casting associate
Jirí Hrstka .... extras casting
Noelle Trkulja .... casting assistant: Prague
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gabriela Horská .... assistant costume designer
Patricie Soptenková .... personal costumer: Elijah Wood
Patricie Soptenková .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Ernest Leif Boyd .... assistant editor
John Crowley .... digital intermediate colorist
Kate Eales .... associate editor
Conor Guy .... assistant editor
Attila Kovacs .... assistant editor
Beth Moran .... assistant editor
Matthew Reedy .... digital intermediate producer
Corey Stewart .... digital intermediate engineer
Franklin Vargas .... digital colorist assist (as Frankie Vargas)
 
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... music editor
John Carbonara .... assistant music editor
Gary Chester .... music engineer
Gary Chester .... score mixer
Brian Deming .... additional music mixer
Tony Finno .... music preparation
Eric V. Hachikian .... assistant orchestrator (as Eric Hachikian)
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Richard King .... additional music mixer
Wolfram Koessel .... music contractor
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Annette Kudrak .... additional music editor
Jack Livesey .... composer: additional music
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Matt Rocker .... music programing: score
Seth Rothschild .... assistant music supervisor
Derek Somaru .... apprentice music editor (as Derek P. Somaru)
Ted Sperling .... conductor
Michael Sackler-Berner .... assistant music supervisor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Jiri Fleischer .... picture cars coordinator
Silvie Janculová .... unit transportation coordinator
Lada Vacik .... driver: camera truck
Pavel Voracek .... unit transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Judy Aley .... researcher: archival photos (as Judith Aley)
David Allsberry .... assistant animal trainer
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (as Randy Balsmeyer)
Lauren Barnhart .... assistant to director
George Bunce .... 2K conform
Mandy Butler .... production accountant
Emma Cooper .... unit publicist
J. John Corbett .... title designer
William Cusick .... intern
Michael Fitzgerald .... office intern
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Lubomir Janci .... stand-in: Young Grandfather
Vladimir Kesl .... computer technician
Tomas Kreisl .... cashier
Yana Collins Lehman .... post-production accountant
Sandy Lizaola-Hernandez .... physical production coordinator
Boone Narr .... animal trainer
Zack Neuman .... office intern
Lenka Pavlakova .... assistant production coordinator
Nada Pinter .... script supervisor
Sara Pollack .... assistant to producer
Victor Quinaz .... assistant to the director: Liev Schreiber
Justin Ritson .... key production assistant: New York unit
Lucie Ryan .... assistant to director
Justin Hamilton Salem .... key set production assistant
Julie Shevach .... title producer
Katerina Silna .... production coordinator
Petr Skvor .... location manager
Jiri Tichacek .... production accountant: Czech Republic
Goran Uljanic .... assistant production coordinator
Peter Ziak .... assistant accountant
Anna Martemucci .... assistant to producers (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for disturbing images/violence, sexual content and language
Runtime:
106 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Brazil:14 | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-11 | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:12A | Mexico:B15 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | South Korea:15 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #41916)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cameo: [Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of the novel on which the movie is based]appears as the leaf blower at the beginning of the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In front of the train station, Jonathan explains to Alex that he is distressed by dogs as Alex gets into the vehicle. Jonathan miraculously ends up in the vehicle after both the driver and passenger are seated in a 2-door Trabant.See more »
Quotes:
Alex:[voice over] My legal name is Alexander Perchov, but all of my friends dub me Alex, because this is much more flaccid to utter.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Battleship Potemkin (1925)See more »
Soundtrack:
BublitschkiSee more »

FAQ

Who is the dedication to at the end of the movie? Alex 1993
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Illumination is Humorous, Sad, & Deeply Moving, 25 December 2005
Author: Charles Delacroix from United States

I really liked this movie ... but the ads I saw implied, and one published review actually said, that this movie "benefits from a light touch." That to me is very misleading.

There is indeed plenty of humor: eccentric, un-subtle, sometimes somewhat twisted humor: the kind of humor I generally find very appealing indeed. But most of the humor is the kind that appears conscious at all times of things deeply serious, deeply sensitive, even deeply painful. The movie weaves together themes of Past and Present, Perception and Truth, Memory and Activity, Life and Death. The entire movie is suffused by the history of European anti-Semiticism in general, and of the Holocaust in particular.

How can Humor and Horror be combined in the same movie? The review I saw suggested that the humor is Absurdist. I don't think this is the case at all; at least not in the common sense. Instead, I think this movie stands in the tradition of much Jewish / Yiddish literature and theatre. I don't claim to be any kind of expert in this area; but from what I've seen, Humor is used, in this cultural context, both as a coping tool for the horribly tragic experiences of this people; and also Humor is used as a means of "recovering the Divine" for men and women who choose a path of Faith rather than a path of either Despair or Absurdism. See "Fiddler on the Roof" for Humor used in both ways in this rich tradition.

Elijah Wood (Jonathon) Wood wears horn rimmed glasses that really make him look, well, strange: compare Sin City when he wore the same kinds of glasses with chilling effect. In this movie, it's easy to see how the glasses become a metaphor for both his Search and for his Struggle between Perception and Truth. Eugene Hutz (Young Alex) and Boris Lesking (Old Alex) are both really just wonderful. Jonathon and Young Alex are from the same generation, yet seem so very, very different; and then find that they are not so different after all. And the way in which the Apparent Narrative Voice changes gradually from that of Jonathon to that of Young Alex .. as a journey of intended discovery for Jonathon becomes one of discovery for both Young Alex and Old Alex ... is to me so very moving.

There are some wonderful scenes and panoramas from (I'm told) Prague and environs, standing in for the Ukraine of the story line. All feels very authentic and seems to give a wonderful sense of place; although I've never been myself to the Ukraine and can hardly testify to this from first hand experience.

All in all, if you're looking for light comedy, I would not recommend this movie at all. On the other hand, if you are interested in a wonderful, delightful, and deeply moving film, please, check out this wonderful movie.

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