Everything Is Illuminated (film)

2005 film directed by Liev Schreiber

Everything is Illuminated is a 2005 film about 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 a local who speaks weirdly funny broken English.

Directed by Liev Schreiber. Written by Jonathan Safran Foer (novel) and Liev Schreiber (screenplay).
Leave Normal Behind. taglines


  • Did you manage to manufacture some of the Z's?
  • I am unequivocally tall. I do not know any women who are taller than me. Women who are taller than me are lesbians, for whom 1969 was a very momentous year.
  • Many women want to be carnal with me because I am such a premium dancer.
  • Forgive my speaking of English, Jonfen, as I'm not so premium with it.
  • Please do not be distressed. This is only the driver's seeing-eye bitch.
  • My grandfather informs me that this is not possible.
  • [Referring to the dog] This is Sammy Davis Jr. Jr... She is Grandfather's Seeing Eye bitch. Father purchased her for him not because he believes Grandfather is blind, but because a Seeing Eye bitch is also a good thing for people who pine for the opposite of loneliness. In truth, Father did not purchase her at all, but merely retrieved her from the home for forgetful dogs. Because of this, she is not a real Seeing Eye bitch, and is also mentally deranged.
  • Okay, so she is deranged, but so so playful.
  • I have reflected many times upon our rigid search. It has shown me that everything is illuminated in the light of the past. It is always along the side of us, on the inside, looking out. Like you say, inside out. Jonathan, in this way, I will always be along the side of your life. And you will always be along the side of mine.
  • I am especially beloved of American movies, muscular cars, and hip-hop music. I also dig negroes, most of all Michael Jackson, because he is such a first-rate dancer, like me. Many girls want to be carnal with me, because I am such a premium dancer.
  • (to Jonathan) Make sure to secure the door when I am gone. I do not want to make you petrified person but there are many dangerous people who want to take things from Americans... and also kidnap them. Okay? Goodnight!


  • Well, I read in my guidebook that you can't find Marlboro cigarettes here so you should take them everywhere as tips.


  • No, it does not exist for you. You exist for it. You have come because it exists.


Grandfather: Do you speak English?
Alex: Yes, I'm almost fluid.

Alex: He wants to know how far we are to Lutsk.
Grandfather: Maybe I can pull over, and you two can f*** yourselves the rest of the way to Lutsk.

Lista: May I ask you a question?
Grandfather: Yes, of course.
Lista: Is the war over?

Alex: How much currency would a first-rate accountant receive in America?
Jonathan: I don't know, a lot, probably, if he or she is good.
Alex: She?
Jonathan: Or he.
Alex: Are there Negro accountants?
Jonathan: Yes, there are African American accountants, but you don't want to use that word.
Alex: And homosexual accountants?
Jonathan: There are homosexual everythings. There are homosexual garbage men.
Alex: [shocked] And how much currency would a Negro homosexual accountant receive?
Jonathan: You really shouldn't use that word.
Alex: Which word?
Jonathan: The N-word. It's not the N-word, but...
Alex: Negro?
Jonathan: Yeah, that one.
Alex: But I dig them all the way. They are premium people.