Everything Is Illuminated (2005)


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. (IMDb)

Delicate and unhurried direction (lots of long takes and pretty silence) works well with the initial road trip fare (Wood’s pensive “collector” employs with apprehension the guiding services of misguidedly enthusiastic Alex and his grumpy grandfather) as lots of culture-clash comedy (see the hotel dinner) and lost-in-translation laughs (“seeing eye bitch”) keep things lively, but as the humour fades in favour of sober historical probing it starts to feel a little dry (though no less beautiful).



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