Monday, March 18, 2013

Everything Is Illuminated

Laura and I have been working our way through our created "required Ukrainian viewing" list slowly but surely.  While exploring western Ukraine we re-watched 2005's Everything is Illuminated directed by Liev Schreiber and staring Elijah Wood.  It is based on Jonathan Safran Foer's novel and follows the author's adventures in finding out more about his deceased grandfather and his life in Ukraine before and during World War II.  The first half of the film is mainly a comedy with the conclusion being very dramatic as he learns the truth about exactly what happened in the days following Germany's invasion of Ukraine.  One of the funniest scenes that rings true here occurs when the vegetarian Elijah Wood [along with his rented Ukrainian translator and driver] attempts to eat something without meat during dinner.

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