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Liev Schreiber
2 reviews
Monday January 22, 2007 - 9:18 PM


extremely slow-paces and sometimes very irritating, but the catharsis at the end will make you bawl your eyes out.
as well, Alex is probably the most hilarious parody character that could ever be incorporated into such a dark movie.

Monday December 11, 2006 - 11:37 AM


This movie is very, very funny. But it is a dark, very dark comedy. Once you watch the entire thing in totality, you will understand. It tells a story of a guy who is a collector and his quest to collect something more of his grandfathers. I think it is worthwhile to see, though non-Russian speakers will have to read subtitles for a good portion of the film. If you are a Russian Jew, please make sure to watch this movie, it is on the same list as Schindler's list and Munich.

A young Jewish American flies to the Ukraine in search of a woman who helped his grandfather escape Europe during World War II; he has a photograph and the name of a village. He hires the Odessa Heritage Tours, made up of a gruff old man and his English-speaking grandson. The three, plus grandfather's deranged dog, travel in an old car from Odessa into Ukraine's heart. Jonathan, the American, is a collector, putting things he finds into small plastic bags, so he will remember. Alex, the interpreter, is an archetypal wild and crazy guy. Alex asks the old man, "Was there anti-Semitism in the Ukraine before the war?" Will they find the village? The past illuminates everything.