Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Enlightenment Guaranteed, 1999 film in Tateuchi Community Room tomorrow

by aleks
REMINDER:  tomorrow at noon, in TCR: 'Enlightenment Guaranteed', 1999: understated comedy about two middle-aged brothers who go to study at a Zen monastery in Japan. The two brothers could not be more different. Uwe (Uwe Ochsenknecht) is a bored husband and kitchenware salesman, while Gustav (Gustav Peter Wohler) is a flighty feng shui consultant and Eastern religions devotee. Just as Gustav is preparing to leave for the land of the rising sun, Uwe, whose wife just dumped him, begs his brother to let him tag along.…

It's for SJG volunteers, staff and their friends - if you are interested come and become my friend for a few hours.

SJG • 3/29/15 - Rhododendron 'Brocade', photo by Tony

"Sometimes movies transcend their descriptions. Who would want to see a German film about a couple of brothers heading for Japan to visit a Zen monastery? Surely there can't be much of interest in that, you might think as I certainly did.

Well, there's a lot, as it turns out. Writer/director Doris Dörrie's ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED (ERLEUCHTUNG GARANTIERT) is a sweet, funny and absolutely delightful film about brotherly love, the meaning of life and the importance of a sense of humor in the face of adversity. Think of it as a low-key version of PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES in which the humorous and touching journey is the reward. The story has a pervasive but subtle spirituality to it as the destination for these brothers turns out to be more than just a place on a map. (Actually, the lack of a good map is but one of many of their problems.)...."
From review by Steve Rhodes - the rest is here....

More reviews here...     & Trailer below.

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