Run time: 106 mins
Back, for as long as it likes. From nowhere in 2005 A-list big man Liev Schreiber on a-day-off from tough-guy, turned in this extraordinarily beautiful piece of storytelling from script to made-look-easy directing. And what an timeless treasure it is.
Eugene Hutz’s perplexed Alex, our ‘guide’ and his gorgeous narration. Much of the haunting film-score is from him too, and his real-life band: ‘Gogol Bordello’ (see them at the station)
A heartstopping surprise from its first outing at the Rex in February 2006, Jonathan Safran Foer’s real family tale and best-seller.
Geeky ‘Jonfen’ (Elijah Wood) travels from America in search of Augustine the woman he believes saved his grandfather during the Nazis razing of Trachimbrod a now lost, Ukranian town wiped-out. Armed with a yellowing photograph, he begins his search with the unlikely Alex, grandfather (Boris Leskin) and his ‘seeing-eye bitch’. Alex’s butchery of the English language and passion for all things American is pure poignant/tragi-comic joy from the start. You will be glad to be in the presence of every word and gesture. It is as unexpected as it is beautiful. It will touch you now. Moreover, it will fill your heart long after you leave and for years to come…