The Grandsons: Jonathan and Alex Film Review by Nicky

The Grandsons: Jonathan and Alex
Analytical review of "Everything Is Illuminated," a film directed by Liev Schreiber.
# 128519 | 1,731 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 26, 2010 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Holocaust Studies (General)

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This paper provides a review of "Everything is Illuminated," a film directed by Liev Schreiber, which follows the road to healing through understanding of the past. The paper explains that in this story, which is centered on an incident that took place in the Ukraine during the Holocaust, two grandsons, one the grandson of the guilty and the other the grandson of the innocent, meet and get to know each other. In the process, the past, as it involved beloved members of both their families, is illuminated, the paper describes. The paper also explores the characters of the two grandsons, the relationship between the two young men, and their relationships to their grandfathers. The paper concludes that both the victims of the Holocaust and the perpetrators have suffered unspeakably from the evil of that era, and that the "sins of the fathers" get passed down and must be worked out to shed light upon today and the future.

From the Paper:

"Jonathan's main preoccupation is collecting meaningful mementoes from his life. You could say he collects things obsessively, but by the end of the story you realize that it is not really the things he is obsessed with, but the past and his need to remember events. A whole wall in his room is covered with things he has saved in zip-lock plastic bags. In the beginning of the story, it seems an odd activity for such a young person, but as the story unfolds the viewer learns collecting is a family trait. Of the two, Jonathan seems to grow and change the most. By the end of the story, for example, he kisses Sam (the dog) good-bye. He has learned to overcome fear, at least, to some extent."

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