In the wake of Operation Iraqi Freedom, American actor Liev Schreiber had an idealistic notion: to rescue an Iraqi film student from the rubble of his country and bring him to the West to intern on a Hollywood movie (Everything is Illuminated). It promised to be a heartwarming tale, a small victory out of the troubled mission of the US war in Iraq. But as in the war itself, good intentions yielded unintended consequences, and even this operation doesn't go according to plan. Director Nina Davenport becomes personally involved in Schreiber's effort, and soon finds herself embroiled in a complex moral quagmire and all-consuming power struggle between filmmaker and subject.
Tense and transfixing! --Jessica Winters, O The Oprah Magazine
An absorbing story... smartly put together. --Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
You won't know whether to laugh or cry. I did both. --Peter Travers, Rolling Stones