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Everything Is Illuminated (2005)
Wonderful depiction of...
Wonderful depiction of family relationships, struggles of a rigid search and post-war Ukraine. There are many expressionistic words that I could use to describe this movie, so I'll just say that it just makes you think. Think about your own life, your own relationships and maybe make you realize, how simple things in life are and that you really have to enjoy everything that comes your way, no matter how bad it might look at first. The movie gives an image of Ukraine that might not seem the most attractive these days, but was quite accurate a couple of years ago. Despite this "unattractiveness", it actually is really attractive, with it's simplicity and innocence. The relationships between the characters are exactly what make the movie so appealing. A grandchild trying to be loved by his grandfather. A young man searching for his roots, acquiring friendship and "illumination" along the way, though facing misunderstanding at the start.
Leaving subjective opinions aside, the movie might not have brought anything new to the film industry regarding directing,cuts or whatever, but is still utmost enjoyable. I must admit that I didn't really know who Liev Schreiber before I saw the movie, thinking to myself that his directing debut might not work well with this kind of melodrama, but I guess I was wrong. Also casting Elijah Wood was a good choice and he fits perfectly into the movie along with the other characters. This low-budget movie is definitely a "top-notch" movie, encapsulating everything you would expect from high class entertainment, that you do not get much these days. A movie that makes you laugh, cry, think.