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In which I am Illuminated

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Nov. 8th, 2005 | 10:12 pm
mood: rejuvenated
music: Claude Bolling & Jean-Pierre Rampal

Yay, first actual movie in a few months. Everything Is Illuminated. I liked it.

anatsuno lent me the book last year, but I got bored withe the magical realism stetl background, so stopped reading it.

But I really liked the movie. Alex was played more sympathetically and less farce than the trailers suggested. Jonathan, too: his collector nature has more depth than I feared. All around, the characters become quite dear, even the dog!

The script was very good, it felt natural and right. And there was a lot of very fine silence, which I appreciated a lot. The story was affecting and I found myself a bit teary at the end.

I recommended it to my mom, my kid's kindergarten teacher (who didn't like Constantine cos of the script) and a random neighbor I met when voting who happened to have the same (Jewish) last name as me.
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Jassy

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from: jasmineskie
date: Nov. 9th, 2005 06:35 am (UTC)
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I loved this movie too. *g* The story was wonderfully effective in the sparse way in which it was told.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Nov. 9th, 2005 07:36 am (UTC)
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I might have seen it anyway, but I'm glad I got fandom encouragement to do so.

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from: ex_absolutef238
date: Nov. 9th, 2005 06:45 am (UTC)
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god i started to copy some stuff to paste back to you and tell you i like the way you phrased your thoughts so well, but then i just decided to tell you this whole post is lovely. i think you've described this beautifully.

although i personally adored the shtetl stories very much. some of the most moving parts of the book for me. until of course the road-trippers come to the climax of their journey, then for me that branch of the story became more powerful. well that's what's so gorgeous about the book. that's when all branches of the story collide and it is indeed quite powerfully moving.

but the movie in and of itself is gorgeous and deep too. i don't know if i've ever loved an adaptation this much. i certainly like the jonathan of the movie better than the one in the book and there's a certain atmosphere liev created that's like edible, i love it. but it's so hard to know whether i am being biased.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Nov. 9th, 2005 07:36 am (UTC)
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I think I may read the book now, partly because I want to know more about what happened.

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the Legs, the Nose and Mrs Robinson

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from: matildabj
date: Nov. 9th, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC)
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I can't wait to see this! We get it in a couple of weeks, yay.

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blink back to let me know

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from: bunniewabbit
date: Nov. 9th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC)
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Yay! I'm glad you liked it. I'm nearly done with reading the book, and I'm oh, so glad that I waited until I'd seen the film first. I really love the film, and it's one of my favorite Elijah roles, now. :)

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