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Actors: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz

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    Jonathan Safran Foer (Elijah Wood) is an obsessive collector of his family memorabilia. He had created a special room in which he keeps each item zipped in a plastic bag and thumb tacked all over a wall for safe keeping. These preserved items include things like photos, glasses, cards, false teeth, handfuls of dirt, and many other items. I don't want to forget, he says. Now Jonathan plan to find the woman who saved the life of his grandfather during World War II. That woman of mystery lives in the Ukraine.
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Actor Liev Schreiber has directed his first film, Everything Is Illuminated, his big screen adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's eponymous novel is about a 20-something Jewish-American who goes to Russia to research his paternal grandfather's background. In particular, he wants to find out about a mysterious woman named Augustina who, according to family lore, saved his grandfather from the Nazis.

This young man, also named Jonathan Safran Foer, travels to Odessa, where he is picked up by a fly-by-night travel service, comprised of three individuals: an elderly driver who pretends he's blind; his rap-loving grandson Alex, who acts as Jonathan's interpreter but manages to consistently mangle the English language; and Grandpa's "seeing eye bitch," a mangy dog named Sammy David Junior Junior. This motley foursome journey to a remote area of the Ukraine, where they meet a woman who can reveal the past, and Jonathan discovers that his family's history is intertwined with that of Alex and his grandfather.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   search for family/history War impact on civilians/veterans    -   Yes Kind of conflict:    -   holocaust

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   dirty, grimy (like New York) Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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